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66 NEIGHBORHOOD ON THE MOVE Welcome to Stittsville

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69 OUTSTANDING CANADIAN Michaëlle Jean shares her passion for home, youth the arts and the meaning of life

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16 COVER CONDO LIVING Downsizing with uptown style 24 HIGH LOW Same look, different price

77 FIT AT HOME Take the stairs 27 INSIDER HGTV’s Masters of Flip star Dave Wilson shares house flipping secrets 33 RENOVATION Asian influences within a classic Glebe family home 47 CANADIAN DESIGN Kimberley Seldon shares her thoughts on becoming a new Canadian 49 NEW BUILD A custom-built home seamlessly combines indoor and outdoor living space

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74 NEW & NOTABLE The modern world of fashion, technology and design

DESIGNERS WALK Meet the Ottawa Fall Home Show’s designers from Designers Walk

14 STEP INSIDE Tommy Smythe visits great Canadian homes

71 FALL FASHION TRENDS Celebrating Canadian fashion designers

57 CAPITAL COLOURS Understanding the beauty of the colour blue

79 GIVING BACK Fresh cuts for everyone

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To thine own self be true

— WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Sometimes it’s good to dig deep and take a soulful look at your approach to lifestyle. It might be surprising to see an unexpected cohesiveness and a greater connection to roots. I will always maintain a touch of elegance with my entertaining style. This has been passed down from my grandmother and my mother, who continues to replenish my china cabinet with old-world treasures. Colour will remain a constant in my décor; my grandmother’s living and dining room walls were the most soothing turquoise blue I have ever felt. Michaëlle Jean, this edition’s Outstanding Canadian, holds her Haitian heritage deep within her as she infuses elements of this artistic culture in many aspects of her working life. In our conversation we discovered a mutual love of connecting with colour and, while I know this woman has great accomplishments, I was particularly drawn to her passion for home. It is a sentiment that the busy world can relate to. Read more about this Canadian gem on page 69. Canadian design star Tommy Smythe shares his style with Vera Cody in our Step Inside column (page 14), and like me, speaks of his grandmother and the tremendous effect she has had on his style and career. Kimberley Seldon is a touch more pragmatic and credits her honest, open approach to life as the reason for attracting dream clients (page 47). She is rooted in both Canada and the United States, but can’t be pinned down to either country’s particular style, as her style stems from her authenticity. Designers have the good fortune of self-awareness! How else would we be able to shift gears and impose different selections from one client to another? But, make no mistake; each designer you meet brings their individual roots with them. So, when choosing a designer, do a little background checking to find one who shares your passions, ideas and tastes. It will likely result in making you feel right at home in your space. Deep-rooted,

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HOMES Designers Walk

DEAN LARGE

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STYLE Established contemporary. Space that’s layered with pieces from different eras, with a wide array of colours and textures. INSPIRATION The clients; how they act and portray themselves, their interests and pastimes. A home is the ultimate extension of the client. TOP TREND PICKS • Painted tiles are huge. People are flocking to the brightly-coloured patterns commonly seen in Spain and Portugal. • Black is the new white! Painting out windows, doors, trim etc. all in black is stunning. • Pink is coming in strong. Pale blush pink is what we are calling Millennial Pink is going to be popping up everywhere. GO-TO COLOUR SCHEME Autumn is my go-to scheme. I love deep murky greens, browns, ochre and pale grey. This palette has the perfect amount of coolness, yet still feels warm.   HIGH IMPACT SPACE The kitchen is really the room that sets the stage. If you get the kitchen right it becomes a space that is easy to change up just cycling out the curiosities.

CATHERINE PULCINE CPI INTERIORS STYLE Functional with colour. It’s important to create a comfortable and inviting environment that is easy to live in. While we all want our spaces to be beautiful, making sure it works for your family and reflects the house, is key.   INSPIRATION Inspiration comes from objects in the space. A painting, an area rug, an interesting accessory, or even the smallest of loved items can provide a springboard to a whole look.    TOP TREND PICKS • Wallpaper for feature walls, inspiring bathrooms and distinctive entries are great solutions.   • Rustic, warm woods introduced into more formal areas. Live-edge dining tables paired with traditional seating.   • White kitchens and baths with faux-marble look floors, backsplash and counters. Not just stark white, but soft whites or greys for cabinets. Pops of colour or black to inject the wow factor.   GO-TO COLOUR SCHEME I am inspired by the colour preferences of my client. Greys with blues, greens, taupe, fuchsia and orange all have their place today.  HIGH IMPACT SPACE The kitchen is the life centre of the home. Kitchens are my passion, and to create an environment there that is reflective of the home is my goal.

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STYLE Classic contemporary. A mix of modern and traditional with shiny metal paired with rustic wood and clean, crisp white cabinetry with warm walnut accents and a pop of colour, often turquoise. INSPIRATION Everywhere! Textiles are often a jumping point and fashion has a lot of influence as well.

SARAH KIDDER

SARAH KIDDER DESIGN STYLE A mix. Blending old with new and adding colour. INSPIRATION The clients and their inspiration files. Fabrics and artwork all inspire the décor. TOP TREND PICKS • Painted cabinets. From white to blues, grey, charcoal, navy and teal. • Wood floors with oiled finish. Log’s End Ottawa River birch, in natural oil has been my go-to all year. 


TOP TREND PICKS • Navy blue and other jewel tones. • Metal finishes in gold and black. • Painted furniture. Chalkpaint refurbished pieces in every style of décor and in any colour. GO-TO COLOUR SCHEME Current neutrals in various tones and hues injected with a client’s favourite colour(s). HIGH IMPACT SPACE The kitchen is the hub of the home. It is also the one room that typically has the most fixed elements. If the kitchen is traditional, the rest of the home should follow suit.

• Black used in many aspects of home décor. 
 GO-TO COLOUR SCHEME Smokey blue-greys on walls. Blue-greys are basically the jeans of the design world. HIGH IMPACT SPACE The living and family rooms offer opportunity to make bold finishing choices from fabrics to furnishings. FALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 11


HOMES Designers Walk

SONYA KINKADE

SONYA KINKADE DESIGN STYLE Layered and classic to depict timeless, elegant design with a sense of calm. INSPIRATION Travel. The history, culture and architecture in European travel tell so many stories and open your mind to new things. Instagram and Pinterest encourage new ideas.

TOP TREND PICKS • Colour in shades of green, smokey-grey, soft petal pinks and blue in every shade. • Artisanal, hand-crafted raw materials with natural imperfections. • Large graphic prints in fabric and wallpaper. GO-TO COLOUR SCHEME Walls painted in a neutral shade to allow for changing fabrics and a pop of colour at any given time. HIGH IMPACT SPACE The kitchen is the most sought after space from clients. It really sets the stage for the design style in the rest of the house.

SUSAN BRYSON

SUSAN BRYSON INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE Classic with an edge in the form of new traditional that says “stylish elegance.” INSPIRATION Travel. Exploring hotels and restaurants with a wow factor, or some design feature that is impressive such as rich, luxurious materials, dramatic sculptural lighting, wall details and fabulous flooring. TOP TREND PICKS • Burnished brass fixtures and hardware along with mixing metals. • Wall tiles, open shelving in the kitchen and fully tiled walls. • Black iron-framed showers, windows and doors for graphic contrast in neutral design schemes. GO-TO COLOUR SCHEME High contrast colour schemes such as dark gunmetal-grey panelled walls with white or cream, and a pop of saturated colour from artwork or textiles. HIGH IMPACT SPACE The living room. Textiles, patterns, artwork, wall treatments, drapery and beautiful flooring add great dramatic effect. The room often tells a story reflecting the people living there.

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HOMES Designers Walk

JENNIFER MCGAHAN

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STYLE Understated elegance. A look achieved by strict adherence to simplicity without pretense. Order and serenity allow for a quiet mind. INSPIRATION Anything from moss on an old tree – to the patina on an antique silver teapot. New restaurants and hotels, peeking at the work of other designers.

THE POWER OF COLOUR MAKE THE RIGHT COLOUR CHOICES!

TOP TREND PICKS • White, white and more white. • Clean, fresh spaces and lots of marble. GO-TO COLOUR SCHEME The design concept and colour scheme should be reflective of the individual client, their lifestyle, and their home. I hope I don’t have a “go-to” colour scheme. That said, I tend to stay in the light neutral tones, and avoid too much pattern, to achieve a timeless look that reflects a client’s home and lifestyle. HIGH IMPACT SPACE Every room deserves to have its own star quality. I don’t discriminate!

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HOMES Step Inside

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rom a young age, designer and television personality Tommy Smythe was encouraged to be independent, creative and 100% authentic. Lessons from his great-grandfather, hockey icon Conn Smythe, taught him the importance of sportsmanlike conduct and balancing competitiveness with structure and fairness. High school posed challenges for Tommy and his difficulty with math impacted his dream of becoming an architect. Mentored by his grandmother, celebrated designer Dorothea Smythe, he thrived in an inspired and nurturing environment and changed his career goal to interior design. His apprenticeship with Toronto’s most influential interior designer, Youssef Hasbani, owner of the furniture store L’Atelier, connected him 14 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2017

with other designers who similarly gave him great advice. At 47, Tommy has been actively designing for more than 15 years and has worked closely with designer and HGTV television star Sarah Richardson to transform hundreds of homes. They have collaborated on several popular television series which are seen in more than 100 countries. He is a frequent guest on shows such as The Marilyn Denis Show, Cityline and Steven and Chris, as well as a columnist for numerous magazines and newspapers across Canada. His most recent experience is a tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary as host of the HGTV documentary Great Canadian Homes, which included Ottawa’s Earnscliffe Manor. Tommy shares his impressions of the iconic home with Ottawa At Home.

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“It is the quintessential Canadian home and makes perfect sense that one of our quintessential Canadians lived in it.” —TOMMY SMYTHE

succession of interesting people have lived there. It is the quintessential Canadian home and makes perfect sense that one of our quintessential Canadians lived in it. Current British High Commissioner Hugh Drake said he and his family thoroughly enjoyed living in the home and will be sad to leave, not just because of its enormous historical importance, but that it was a really well-designed, cozy house to live in.

Can you share an historical tidbit?

There is a charming small bench on the landing, overlooking the entrance to the dining room. It was built for Sir John A’s daughter so she could watch the fancy ladies walking in and out of the room. This sentimental design detail connected me to them. This is when a building stops being a building and starts being about the residents who live there. The bench was SIR JOHN A’S DAUGHTER SAT HERE a loving gesture from a father to a daughter. It just so happens that father was also one of Describe your thoughts on hosting Canada’s fathers of Confederation. Great Canadian Homes. This was a privilege and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit thirteen private homes Define your personal design across the country (from Nova Scotia to style. Authenticity is everything. I love the Gulf Islands, B.C.), and interview the classicism, whether it is modern or current residents. It was a backstage pass traditional. I approach a project looking to enter historic, architecturally significant at three different things: inspiration that houses that many of us have never been you are open to new ideas; scholarship inside. Canadians shared their homes with in knowing about the things that you are us to celebrate this wonderful moment putting into your home and learning their in history – Canada’s birthday, the 150th value; courage to go your own way and anniversary of Confederation. not change your mind. If you live by these principles in your creative life, what you purchase will be good, what you do will be What was your first impression interesting and the result that you get will of Earnscliffe Manor? This home be authentically you. was built by Thomas McKay and is designated as a National Historic Site. It was named Earnscliffe or Eagle’s Cliff What is your home space like? I am by Thomas Reynolds who bought the a total homebody and surrounded by home from McKay’s son-in-law Thomas every creature comfort in a setting that is Keefer. It was later purchased by Sir John an eclectic mixture of different periods. I A. Macdonald. In 1930, the first British have many older pieces, and for that I am High Commissioner William Henry called a young fogie. For me, traditional Clark obtained the house for the British and older items are better made, using the government. best materials and have a history. A lot of When I walked down the driveway and what is in the stores today is unfortunately first saw the Gothic style Victorian home, I mass produced and of cheaper quality. My knew how appropriate it would be for the home is not pretentious or showy, it is my show. It is grand yet not ostentatious. A haven and tells my story.

Dean Large, Designer, D.I.D. Astro Design Centre

Which aspects of a Q kitchen renovation should you splurge on?

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Cabinetry is the foundation to build from. Millwork takes up approximately 70% of your kitchen space, which makes it a crucial element to the aesthetic of the room. Look for heavy weighted doors; door matched fillers and fascia along with even spacing between doors and drawers. Durability is synonymous with quality cabinetry, put this into place and then build from there. Incorporate upgrades and accessories as your budget allows making your kitchen an even more appealing workspace. I often tell my clients that I would rather see them put primary focus on the cabinets rather than counters and backsplash; you can always upgrade those later and incorporate up-to-date trends into these details. Cabinetry is the biggest investment and should be selected with longevity in mind. Contact Dean: dean@astrodesigncentre.com 613-749-1902 x2308 www.astrodesigncentre.com

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HOMES Condo Living

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he move from a large family home in Alta Vista to a luxurious condo at Lansdowne Park is a classic example of how to downsize without downgrading. In fact, Albert and Angeline Lefebvre traded up in more ways than just moving into the penthouse level when they transplanted themselves and some of their most cherished possessions into a spectacular new place overlooking the Rideau Canal. Starting a new chapter in their lives after enjoying quiet suburbia for 40 years, the dynamic couple opted for the excitement of a lively, uptown environment in the Glebe. Yet, they also wanted their new sky-high home to reflect who they are with the warmth and charm of old-world elements and treasured furnishings. To help them blend the past 16 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2017


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Selecting a sink to compliment your kitchen renovation can be a complicated process with so many different choices on the market. To create a seamless look that blends in with your countertop consider choosing the same material for the sink. An under mount quartz or granite sink is increasing in popularity and is a solid choice. Stainless is still a popular choice with double and bowl and a half serving as a useful selection in 9” depth or choose the 10 mm curved radius bowl if your kitchen is more contemporary. Make the most from whichever selection you make by including accessories like bottom grids, colanders, dish drainers and cutting boards. Contact Barbara: bjdavid@mondeau.ca

“I’m not afraid to be daring - and as I have known the homeowners for so long they trusted me to push the boundaries here and there…” — JOHN LEBLANC, DESIGNER

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with the present, the homeowners relied on the decorating expertise of John LeBlanc of Cadieux Interiors, who has worked with the Lefebvre family for over two decades to enhance their personal style. Transposing a 4,000 square-foot home into a two-bedroom condo involved eliminating more than half of their belongings. John started with an idea story board and looked at the existing smaller-scale pieces to see what would be a good fit. He estimates that the ratio was 70/30 of new to old with some items being too memorable for them to leave behind. John explains that he draws floor plans to scale by hand and includes all furnishings, accessories, lighting and rugs. “It was a challenge to put a modern spin on some antique-inspired pieces, but we made it work,” he says, citing a fabulous repurposed cabinet and a lovely silver and gold-leaf chair that was placed in the condo foyer.

THE JEWEL BOX To create the warm, lived-in look of a more established home, John added colour and texture with dramatic flair. “I found a stunning Schumacher wallpaper in chartreuse, black, gold and white that looks hand-painted with a silk screen effect. It has a powerful wow factor and Madame Lefebvre loved it too. We put it on one wall in the entrance, matched with an amazing console and wall sconces, so it’s the first thing you see when you open the door.” This was a jumping off point for John who worked with it throughout the whole condo to set the tone for the open-concept living space. The chartreuse colour is repeated on grasscloth wallpaper behind the TV, as well as on the ceiling of the powder room which features black and white cheetah-patterned walls. Extra rolls of the grasscloth were innovatively used on the back of two entrance doors to create a panelled effect inside blackpainted lines. “It’s a lovely detail that makes such a difference to what would have been flat, ugly doors. I love conceptualizing the whole space and adding the pretty elements to a home – and this one is a real jewel box,” says John. His expert touch is highlighted in


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ave Wilson has country living in his roots. He was born in Richmond, Ontario, went to South Carleton High School and had a band with a group of friends playing local venues that even included a stint at the Richmond Fair. Dave’s singing career took him to London, England where he and his bandmates signed a record deal, but were eventually dropped. Not wanting to return to Canada, he headed to Nashville in Tennessee for a two-week writing holiday. He met his wife Kortney, a fellow

Canadian working on her music career in “music city” as well. The dynamic duo have had a colourful career path within the entertainment industry, and are the stars of the popular HGTV series Masters of Flip, as well as being parents to three young kids. They launched their careers in house flipping in 2006 when they made $30,000 renovating and selling a home in four weeks. They quickly discovered flipping houses was more lucrative than the

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Find a good team of people to work with Have financing in place early Have greater working capital than your budget calls for Know your target buyer and neighbourhood well Work with the highest quality trades only Don’t cut costs on finishing details Wow buyers with the kitchen and master bedroom space Incorporate space for children Work quickly to get the property renovated and on the market in a short time frame

music business for them. Dave and Kortney live in the trendy neighbourhood of east Nashville and focus their work there. Dave says that living and working in their own community is one of the secrets to their success. They renovated their home from the ground up and incorporated a home office and guesthouse. While the house holds their office, it is most importantly their home and they have no plans to flip it anytime soon. Dave insists that one of the crucial elements to successful house flipping is to be connected to a good real estate agent who knows the market well. Kortney, now a realtor, is their agent. She has a pulse on the market and savvy decorating skills; Dave handles the construction side of things. He prides himself on finding the best trades in the industry to work with. High quality and deep pockets top the priority list for Dave. “Our secret is to have more money than you think you will need and to hire the best quality trades that you can find. Quality is everything. Just because you’re flipping doesn’t mean you compromise on quality,” says Dave as he reveals the secrets to their success adding that, “We always go

over budget.” Finding deals is another crucial component. Dave suggests checking out granite and stone suppliers who likely have pre-cut material that didn’t fit another job, but might work perfectly in a flip space. Getting to know local suppliers and making them aware of your project is a big help towards finding good deals on quality materials. Dave recommends doing thorough research before starting the project to have a clear understanding of the market. Understand who the target buyer is and gear the project to their lifestyle. This is the component that keeps them working in their own community. In Nashville, buyers want colourful spaces. As the decorator Kortney offers their customers the wow factor they are looking for, although Dave recognizes that Ottawa buyers don’t necessarily share this style. He recently came to Ottawa to sell his mother’s condo and went with a relatively safe colour scheme. Regardless of colour selection, the expert advises that fresh paint can go a long way with any renovation project. Now at the age of 46, with a family of his own and a wildly successful career in the US, Dave still thinks of the Ottawa area as home. He and Kortney will be in Ottawa for the Ottawa Fall Home Show September 28 to October 1. Join them to get tips on flipping houses. He is also considering returning in 2018 as his hometown, Richmond, celebrates its 200th birthday. He may even gather his band mates for a reunion, but just for fun. He is committed to the work he and Kortney do. “This is a serious business for us,” he says. “We have learned through the music business that things are fleeting so we take our work very seriously, but we also love it and plan to flip 10 – 15 houses per year.” FALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 29


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Designers & Decorators ACTUAL Design & Decor

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CPI Interiors is a full service residential interior design and decorating company in the Ottawa area! Best of all, we come to you. We listen and beautiful happens. 613-599-5564 www.cpiinteriors.ca

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Your premier Ottawa Design firm specializing in Custom Kitchen and Bath design. We offer full service project management for your large renovation from drawing to finished space. Let us re-work your space to suit your lifestyle needs, improve the value of your home, and make it beautiful! 613-762-2093 www.jennifermcgahaninteriors.com

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Kim Dingwall, The Stittsville Stager, creates beautifully refined rooms whether for selling or

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We design interiors that transform and showcase your life! For 20 years now we’ve been designing interiors in Ottawa and surrounding areas. Our comprehensive approach to designing, whether for new construction or remodel, assures a turnkey service and an enduring aesthetic. Anne-Marie Brunet, CKBD, CAPS 613-936-7237 www.sheridaninteriors.ca

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Award winning, Full Interior design service. Clients are seeking a luxury service, and we welcome the opportunity to give it to them both in service and products. 613-838-5252 www.sonyakinkadedesign.ca

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Susan Bryson is passionate about creating beautiful design. Susan’s signature style combines elegance with a modern sensibility while staying true to classic design principles. 613-863-0638 info@susanbrysoninteriors.com www.susanbrysoninteriors.com Best of Houzz 2015, 2016, 2017

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t’s no surprise that this centuryold home is being featured on the 2017 edition of the Glebe House Tour this September. The surprise awaits when you walk inside the classic house to a creative interior inspired by Asian influences. The new homeowners, Bart and Ariane Casey, lived overseas for 10 years while they worked as a corporate pilot and in human resource management respectively. “We lived in beautiful apartments in Hong Kong where space is so precious that every corner was well designed with smart storage ideas,” explains Ariane. When they came back home to Ottawa, the need for functional and well-organized spaces was

key to life with a young family that now includes two little boys, Finn and Aidan. With this in mind, the Caseys went looking for a home in the Glebe neighbourhood where they had lived before and enjoyed being a one-car family, biking and walking everywhere. Ariane notes that the bones of the older home met many of the conditions on their priority list. “It was on a corner lot which gives more light and land; it also has an attached garage which is unusual for the Glebe and I wanted space for a large master with an ensuite on the same level as the kids’ bedroom. This house ticked all those boxes, so we bought it from the original owner and made it our own.”

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Inspired by the concepts of functional and smart space, the transformation began with converting the single residence into a triplex. Ariane reports that it took six months to get the needed permits and variations through the City of Ottawa to legally add two separate and self-contained apartments on either side of the home, and more than a year to gut and renovate the property. Acting as the main contractor, the couple collaborated with Jacques Hamel of Hamel Design to draw up the architectural plans. They created a contemporary, open layout with innovative ideas to incorporate two different worlds – a perfect fusion of time and place.

EASTERN INFLUENCES The first Asian influence is seen in the main hallway with floor lights that run along the high baseboards into the living area and up the stairs.

It’s a practical feature that they brought home with them. Ariane designed the large square kitchen herself, fitting it with glossy white cabinetry from IKEA and quartz countertops from Capital StoneWorks. “The granite composite sink by Blanco is the same as I had in Hong Kong – I really like having one big sink,” she says, adding that she worked hard on the layout to maximize efficiency. The pantry and fridge are right by the door from the garage for quick and easy grocery put away, while a baking station with all the supplies in one convenient place is a time saver. Ariane also flipped a wine rack to horizontal for a better fit, and added rustic wall tiles and backsplash from Olympia Tile to contrast the cool grey and white tones of the kitchen. In the airy living room, a new bay window was installed as part of 50 window panes replaced throughout the home. Customized with builtFALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 37


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ASK THE EXPERT

John King, Broker of Record Engel & Vรถlkers Ottawa Central Brokerage

When selling my home, Q how can I market to international buyers?

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While Vancouver and Toronto have gotten all the attention, real estate markets like Ottawa and Montreal have also been seeing an influx of international buyers investing in Canadian real estate. To sell your home for top dollar in minimum time, it is important to have a marketing plan that sets its sights both domestically and globally. The first step to targeting international buyers is understanding their motivations. While some of them are entering the market solely for investment purposes, you may be surprised to learn that in a 2016 survey Chinese buyers listed our education systems as the number one reason they are interested in Canadian real estate. If the Asian market is an ideal target for your home, you may want to feature top nearby schools in your listing. Using this kind of demographic knowledge to your advantage can make your listing stand out. The other important step is making sure your home is appearing where international buyers are searching: online. The Internet is by far the number one way your home will be found in global markets, so having a robust web presence is crucial. An effective Realtor will have the tools to appear on multiple global search sites so your home can be easily found around the world.

Contact John King 613-422-8688 john.king@evcanada.com ottawacentral.evcanada.com

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“ I wanted space for a large master with an ensuite on the same level as the kids’ bedroom. This house ticked all those boxes, so we bought it from the original owner and made it our own.” — ARIANE CASEY

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ASK THE EXPERT In support of Hospice Care Ottawa

for the

Francesca Lépine Willson,

Eight exquisite homes decorated for the season, a Holiday PopUp Shop, a Gingerbread Village and much more! $50 per person. Tickets will go on sale September 29

2017 NOVEMBER 17, 18, 19

Tour hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Leasing Specialist, Lépine Apartments

amenities should I QWhat look for in an apartment?

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Some of Ottawa’s newest purpose-built apartments come with a wide selection of amenities. Let your preferences guide you. Fitness centres, yoga studios, and pools help to keep you active in winter months. Look for the healthier alternative to chlorine pools; salt water pools are gentler on your skin and hair. Enquire about an apartment’s safety features. A 24-hour security system with a staffed front desk will provide peace of mind. Security is especially important for those who like to travel, so when you lock and leave for vacation, you know your home is safe. Make the most out of your busy life or your retirement years with concierge service, dry cleaning, barbecue terraces, party rooms, lounges, and more. Underground parking is essential in winter.

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FAMILY TIME, ARIANE READS TO FIVE YEAR OLD FINN WHILE BART AND AIDAN SNUGGLE.

in IKEA cabinets, it’s fitted with Hunter Douglas fabric blinds that offer privacy without blocking the light. Oil-finished maple flooring flows into the family room, where two sets of original pocket doors were kept to maintain the option of closing it off from the openconcept living area. Ariane’s creativity of using a kitchen cabinet door as a wall hanger in the entrance, as well as keeping many of the original pine doors of the home, adds to the effective blending of old with new. Upstairs, the boys have a spacious playroom, their own bathroom and share a sleeping room with a big king bed where the whole family can snuggle. But the main attraction is the master retreat which was constructed from the former servant’s quarters and features an original brick wall as the backdrop to the bed. A separate sitting room with a fireplace provides a quiet sanctuary within calming grey-

blue painted walls. In the impressive ensuite, a two-person tub sits in the same open-tiled space as a frameless shower. It’s another Asian experience that Ariane loved. “They had these wet rooms In India and Dubai - they are so easy to clean and the heated floor dries up the water so quickly.” The entire home hums with a harmonizing fusion of yin and yang, perfect for a family that likes to practice yoga together – an idyllic fit!

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DESIGNS

KIMBERLEY SELDON, CLIENT PROJECT

ON CANADA BY MARY TAGGART

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imberley Seldon is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected designers. She exudes warmth along with a welcoming style and charismatic personality. Her relatable approach to decorating combines elements of her Canadian and American personality traits in an engaging persona. Kimberley is a native from Los Angeles who met her future husband, a Canadian, while vacationing in Mexico. It was an initial encounter given that they lived in separate countries. Before she met her would-be-husband, she didn’t even know where Canada was. After returning to California, she was promptly offered a job working on a movie in Toronto. She calls this fate, as she went on to marry “Bob from Canada” and the couple has two children, Raleigh and Cooper. They live in Toronto, while Kimberley continues to work with clients in both Canada and the US. She started her television career in LA and transitioned to interior design when she moved to Toronto. You can catch her on the talk show Cityline as a regular décor expert sharing tips, ideas and bits of herself. Her Business of Design coaching program works with designers to honour their craft of interior design with the same respect as any other highly-regarded profession and reflects Kimberley’s earnest approach to the business. While both her children were born in Canada, where she has lived and worked for over 25 years, Kimberley has never felt the need to become a Canadian citizen. However, she explains how that changed recently. “Historically, Canada and the US have been such good friends and neighbours, I never really thought I needed my Canadian citizenship. Then, the November 8, 2016 US election changed my thinking - let’s just leave it at that!” She surprised herself with the depth of pride she now feels after becoming a Canadian citizen and says, “Suddenly, it’s a more permanent commitment.  I feel national pride now in a way that was previously once removed.” Kimberley is eager to give back to Canada in an authentic way and recently travelled to Edmonton with her husband to work on a Habitat for Humanity build. It is part of the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project Program’s contribution to Canada’s 150th celebrations, which is building 150 homes across Canada. Kimberley

marveled at the work ethic of the Carters, both in their 90s, who attended the build and challenged participants to keep up to them. The experience left Kimberley feeling humbled and proud. “It’s an amazing experience to work with your hands and know your efforts will put a roof over someone’s head,” she says. “Having a safe roof over your head is fundamental to well-being.” The new Canadian is cognizant of the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the two countries and recalls an interview she did for a CTV talk show with an author. His book was titled, How To Cope With Back Pain, although during the interview he revealed that in the US his book was called How To Conquer Your Back Pain. Suddenly she felt more aware of each country’s general mindset and different approach to life. Kimberley also notes similarities when working with clients on both sides of the border. “Of course, you can speak in generalities, but that never works. All Americans don’t think one way, any more than all Canadians do. I’m from Los

Angeles and I can say that Angelinos are not terribly different from Torontonians in many ways,” she states, and wonders if this can be attributed to the nature of the clientele she works with. She believes that her approach attracts the type of people with whom she prefers to work, whether they live in Toronto or LA. “I think I find the right clients for me by being transparent about how I work and open about my business philosophy. I believe in total transparency and honouring my word. This attracts a type of person that’s awesome to work with.” Kimberley does acknowledge that Canadian consumers have a thoughtful approach to spending money and will make compromises to meet a designated budget. “They tend to be two-feet-onthe-ground types which I admire. I’m pragmatic, so that works for me,” says the no-nonsense designer. Musing about her dream job, she thinks that it might be to renovate 24 Sussex Drive where she can work her magic to create a home for Canada’s Prime Minister, delivered on time and budget! FALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 47


Discover Ottawa’s hidden gem for creating your own stunning wood furniture and home decor Where else in the national capital region can you immerse yourself in 11,000 square feet of gorgeous wood from across Canada and around the world? Centrally located near Hunt Club and Merivale, the friendly, familyoperated KJP Select Hardwoods is like a candy store for wood lovers. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this retail heaven has become Ottawa’s favourite destination for do-it-yourself wood furniture projects. Woodworking connoisseurs trust KJP Select Hardwoods to help them find woods they’ve only read about.

But there’s more than just beautiful woods in every size, shape and colour at KJP. Whether you want to craft customized charcuterie boards or a liveedge bar top, or you’re looking for a custom size table, their knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff can provide help every step of the way. Creating oneof-a kind, stunning furniture and home decor has never been easier. Carrying a steady supply of over eighty different types of lumber, KJP Select Hardwoods works tirelessly to source the best products possible. Their inventory is constantly changing, so it’s

worth visiting often to see what’s new, or subscribing to their VIP newsletter to learn about the latest arrivals. There’s so much to love about custom furniture, especially when it’s built with your choice of quality natural woods. KJP Select Hardwoods is ready to help you with as little or as much of the building process as you would like, or they can connect you to local artisans. Trust KJP to help you spice up your home with unique, eye-catching furnishings that reflect your personal style.

“You don’t need to know a thing about woodworking to shop at KJP – all you have to do is love wood. Their staff will guide you every step of the way, or if you prefer, they’ll do it for you. That’s great customer service.”

KJP Select Hardwoods

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HOMES New Build

MODERN FAMILY

FOR THE HOLIDAYS BY ROCHELLE JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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his fall, you’re invited to step inside an exceptional new build in the Champlain Park Community as part of this year’s Homes for the Holidays in November house tour in support of Hospice Care Ottawa. Come and see how one multigenerational family balanced modern design to create a true family home, inside and out. The breathtaking 3,700 square-foot house, custom built by CanSwede Homes and designed by O’Keefe Fiorenza Design Group, blurs the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors, with its use of clean lines, generous windows and calming connection to the outside world. With four grown children coming and going from their more traditionally designed home along the waterfront in Alymer, the homeowners were ready to make a change, but experienced some difficulty in finding a house that would accommodate family, guests and grandparents. “We had already sold our house and we were looking, but there wasn’t much on the market at that time,” explains the homeowner. “But then, on


a cold January day, we went to see this house—the light was breathtaking, even in the winter! I was no more than a few feet inside, when I realized just how special a home it could be for our family.” In fact, this is exactly the effect architectural designer Dylan O’Keefe intended to achieve with the use of unique sightlines both inside and out. Dylan and his team began by deconstructing the layout of the home and capitalizing on the length of the original property on Cowley Avenue overlooking Champlain Park. They installed floor-to-ceiling window walls along the perimeter of the main floor to allow the natural light to flow and frame the views of the backyard and the interior courtyard. “As soon as you walk into the home, you see straight through to the other end, with huge windows creating a courtyard in the centre of the home,” explains Elizabeth Young, owner of Flowers Talk Tivoli in Westboro. Along with her team of florists, Elizabeth will be donating her time and expertise to decorate two homes as part of this year’s holiday tour. Inspired by the home’s minimalist

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palette of white-washed oak, concrete and marble, the holiday decor will be infused with natural elements including wood, succulents and greenery. The florist will also create a suspended installation in the dining room and accent the space with a large, natural holiday tree visible from the kitchen. Sleek, modern and bright, the kitchen is the ultimate room for family living and entertaining. The juxtaposition between the delicate marble backsplash and rose-gold faucet against the rugged, almost utilitarian-looking concrete countertops establishes a play-in-contrast of materials that normally would not be paired together. “The kitchen is truly the heart of the home,” explains Dylan, who used colour and tones to accentuate key areas, including the black cabinetry in the kitchen and the black aluminum window frames. The homeowners then layered textures and patterns across the main living space with the addition of Persian rugs, original art and David Trubridge pendants from Arevco Lighting. Upstairs, Dylan continued with

his signature use of glazing, this time with low-floor windows and transoms throughout the four bedrooms and bathrooms. Guest and childrens’ bedrooms are in the front of the house, while a spacious master bedroom area in the back of the house offers both respite and retreat. A true oasis in a busy home, the master contains a private balcony, walk-in closet and dressing area, and a stunning ensuite that’s in a league of its own. White marble, matte-black porcelain tile in a classic chevron pattern and whiteFALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 53


washed oak on the vanity combine all of the elements found throughout the home into this key space. The new home’s interior has been carefully designed to be largely open, while providing ample opportunity for family interaction in delineated zones, as Dylan describes them. From movies in the lower-level theatre room, to holiday dinners and summer parties by the pool, the home is truly a family space that shines light on the importance being together. The tour of Homes for the Holidays runs from November 17-19, with eight elegantly decorated homes across Ottawa, showcasing decor that will inspire holiday season imaginations. For more information on this year’s tour, visit: hospicecareottawa.ca.

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Like your most cherished friend and closest confidante, navy blue is reliable, loyal and a trustworthy choice in décor. Blue is associated with masculinity and corporate hierarchy with such strength in tone that it can stand alone, although it has been most popular when paired with white in nautical, East coast style. Traditionally considered a safe choice for classic décor style, blue is moving into a slicker phase. This strong colour is becoming a popular choice within contemporary design. Striking navy blue, paired with gold accents and sleek furnishings, is anything but boring. The deeper the tone, the greater its power. The look is confident and sophisticated with an element of classic composure. As blue isn’t a fad colour, this look is here for a while. Go ahead and paint walls in a deep navy. Bring in blue furnishings and accents and dress them up with a few gold accessories to elevate the style to today’s sophisticated trends. Rooms painted blue will offer a sense of calm, no matter what shade you choose. Deep blue walls create environments of strength and sophistication. Use the colour in the living room, dining room, and even the entry way, to show decorating confidence and a commitment to a powerful personal style with integrity.

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The Art of Nature Your Wall is Our Canvas, Stone is Our Medium.

Nothing makes a statement on the interior walls of your home like natural stone products from Merkley. Stone and brick have come indoors to help designers create stunning natural spaces with a zen-like ambiance or rustic look that will make any place feel like a work of art. Merkley Supply has all the products to help you create a fresh and modern feel to your home. Drop by and see our spectacular showroom or visit us online. 60 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2017

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or many, the decision to rent a home is ideal. Whether starting out in a young marriage, moving to a new city or freshly retired, renting provides an excellent opportunity to eliminate a mortgage, avoid unforeseen household repairs and lower the cost of living. According to one of Ottawa’s top real estate agents, Charles Sezlik, a rental can also provide time to study the real estate market, invest or save up for a down payment. Francesca Lepine, an owner of Lepine Luxury Apartments, cannot remember a time when she was not actively involved in her family’s business of developing, building and renting high-quality, luxurious properties. When asked for tips on how tenants can transform a rental unit into a home, Francesca has a wealth of ideas to share. “We encourage tenants to personalize their space, asking only that they seek permission before making any permanent modifications to the unit or changes to fixtures and appliances,” she says. “Landlords usually welcome paint changes if tenants agree to repaint to the original colours before moving out. A bold statement wall can easily complement your favourite furniture and as drywall is quick to patch, always hang your photos and art. Customizing the interior of closets and kitchen cupboards is another way to add comfort and familiarity.” First-time renters and vibrant entrepreneurs, Janice McDonald and Stephen Bleeker, recently decided to sell their family home in Rockcliffe Park and move to a beautiful historical building in the heart of Ottawa’s ByWard Market. Using their shared superpowers of great style, creativity and careful thought, the couple created a space reflecting who they are and what they love which truly exemplifies the definition of home. Fresh renovations to their chosen unit provided the best of everything modern. Yet evidence of a rich history, dating back to 1875, remains present in features like exposed brick walls and the solid feel of a structure made to endure. A central, sunlit foyer greets guests and features treasured décor, including a Vespa scooter and whimsical vignettes. A grand room for entertaining and gathering is revealed to the left while a right turn introduces quiet quarters for rest and conversation.


THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE: THE SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE BYWARD MARKET AND DOWNTOWN CORE WERE A STRONG ATTRACTION FOR JANICE AND STEPHEN; FURNISHINGS FROM THEIR TRADITIONAL FAMILY HOME FIT IN BEAUTIFULLY TO THE NEW SPACE WHERE A DODIE LEWIS PORTRAIT OF JANICE COMMANDS ATTENTION; THE WELL-APPOINTED KITCHEN MEETS THE DYNAMIC COUPLES ENTERTAINING NEEDS. PREVIOUS PAGE: STEPHEN AND JANICE SHOW A PLAYFUL SIDE WITH THEIR CHAMPION SHOW DOG AXL ALONG FOR THE RIDE!

Stephen and Janice agree that similarities in age and size to their previous home attracted them to their new dwelling, making it easy to settle in. A large corner patio amply meets their outdoor requirements, providing views of the city’s prized sites and completes what Stephen

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is where we are, where our family gathers. Having space is key, as we want our three children and their friends to gather here. We also love to entertain.” A meaningful art collection decorates each wall, commemorating special celebrations and trips taken as a family. Leather-bound books and curated objects evoke memories, stir conversation and add to the décor. Rumour has it that there may be a pinball machine arriving shortly. Stately walls permit these music lovers to turn the volume up high. As moving to a rental often requires purging and downsizing, Janice and Stephen recommend keeping the precious things and using them. “We use the crystal, silver and other treasures passed down to us. It is a way to for us to remain close to the people who have gifted these items, and we believe they would want us to use them instead of storing them away.” Delighted with their decision, Janice and Stephen are now embracing their new urban adventure and enjoying time to travel, pause, dream and plan. FALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 65


LIVING Neighbourhood on the Move

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HISTORY

The village of Stittsville was first settled in the early 1800s, primarily by Irish immigrants, and became a functioning settlement by around 1850. The town takes its name from founding father Jackson Stitt, also of Irish heritage, who served as the area’s Postmaster. The population at the time was about 100 people. The original village was wiped out by a huge fire in 1870 that burned from Ottawa to Carleton Place, to as far as Smiths Falls. But new life came into the area a few years later when the Canadian Pacific Railway opened up from Ottawa to Carleton Place a major logging town at the time. That rail line was pulled up in 1989, and is today used as a section of the Trans Canada Trail.

Stittsville was officially incorporated as a village in 1961, and grew steadily on its own until being amalgamated into the City of Ottawa in 2001. The population has grown from around 500 people in the early 60s to nearly 30,000 residents today.

LIFE IN STITTSVILLE Stittsville today presents an interesting dichotomy between the urban and the rural ways of life. At one end, a recently developed Hazeldean Road is dense with every modern retail amenity, and the other end has direct proximity to the great outdoors, with sweeping forests and quiet pathways. This is a neighbourhood where snowmobiles are a common sight in the winter, while you can still take OC Transpo straight from there to the Rideau Centre. Glen Gower, an area resident who runs the news and community info website, Stitsville Central, says he has seen this duality strengthen as time goes on, “This is a rapidly changing neighbourhood. It’s really become an intersection of old and new.”


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Old and new meet on Stittsville’s traditional main street, which wouldn’t look out of place if it were found deep in the Ottawa Valley. However, the old buildings are housing a new generation of businesses. Jennifer McGahan, a Stittsville resident of 16 years, personifies this trend. Her new interior design studio is housed in a red brick home on Main Street that dates back over 100 years. The newly-renovated studio takes on a modern look, yet preserves elements of the original building in the solid wood moldings, floors and staircase. “Main Street is undergoing a revitalization,” says Jennifer. “It has been a little dilapidated and behind the times in comparison to the community that surrounds it – the people who live here are not reflected in the main street as much right now, but it’s starting to improve.”

FOOD AND DRINK Quitters Coffee is a name that will eventually come up in many conversations

about Stittsville. Yes, it’s owned by musician Kathleen Edwards and she’s kind of a big deal, but there is more to it than that. Quitters has become a destination reason to make the trip into Stittsville, especially for those trekking by bike, as the shop has become a common goal for long-distance cyclists. Saturday night trivia at Quitters is wildly popular with locals and musical performances here are regularly packed. Beyond just being a cool coffee shop owned by a rock star, it’s just a great place to spend time with people. Stittsville’s newfound prominence on the culinary scene got off to a rocky start. The owners of the Wellington Gastropub intended to bring a similar high-end dining experience to an historic building on Main Street, but it caught fire while under construction in 2013 and the building was destroyed.Meanwhile, the restaurant NeXT has been a huge success on Hazeldean Road and is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the Ottawa area. Chef

Michael Blackie offers up familiar Canadian dishes which he blends with influences from his experience with Asian and European cuisine.

LIVING This neighbourhood stands out as a place that people come to start families. Your dollar buys a bigger house and a bigger backyard than most other places inside the city limits. Thanks to a community development plan that limits new construction to four stories, the area has remained mostly low-rise, dominated by single family and semi-detached homes Deborah Denison from Tamarack Homes, notes that the market for semidetached and townhouses has been especially hot recently, with intensification happening in Stittsville’s north end. Pool Creek, a joint project by Tamarack and Tartan Homes, located just west of Huntmar Drive and south of the Queensway, will have 450 new homes when completed. FALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 67


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GETTING PERSONAL

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Michaëlle Jean arrived in Canada in 1968 as a refugee from Haiti. She came with her parents and sister, but when her parents’ marriage broke up she moved to a basement apartment in Montreal with her mother Luce and sister Nadege. The early years in Canada were challenging for Michaëlle, but her tenacity and strength led to academic success and ultimately superb career achievements as a journalist, broadcaster, and notably as Canada’s 27th Governor General and Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. Today she serves as the third SecretaryGeneral of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, where she is the spokesperson and official international representative for the political actions of the Francophonie, and the first woman to hold this position. She is currently living in Paris with her husband, film maker Jean-Daniel

Lafond and daughter Marie-Eden Lafond, yet still maintains a home in Ottawa. While her diverse career has stirred controversies surrounding numerous topics including her status as a Canadian, she upholds a dignified air of compassion that embodies the strength of her spirit. To spend time with this vibrant woman is an enriching human experience. Michaëlle has great pride in her Haitian roots and rich cultural heritage. She combines a passion for the arts with her philanthropic endeavors, which she also applies to her personal lifestyle. After finishing her time as Governor General of Canada, she started the Michaëlle Jean Foundation as her legacy. The organization’s mission statement declares, “The Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize

In a conversation over lunch at the Fairmont Château Laurier, the gracious woman discusses her passion for youth and the arts. Her eyes light up as she speaks of the artistic expression of graffiti and “urban poetry.” She refers to these youthful expressions with deep respect and understanding, urging people to take time to read and analyze these often undervalued and unappreciated works. “Look at urban poetry and what youth are saying. It’s rich when young people use the power of words,” she advises and warns that, “Violence comes when there are no words.” Offering troubled youth the opportunity to have a voice and a place to express is an essential part of the work she does with her foundation. She describes the work of the foundation as offering a sense of belonging and in turn, a sense of self-worth. Her passionate approach to living is palpable. Each thoughtful word she speaks exudes with insightful wisdom, whether it describes her decorating style – she declares everything in her home is a conversation piece – or her commitment to her foundation. “The work we do offers a sense of belonging and self-worth,” she says as her famous eyes light up with a vehement spark. Expressing concern about the pace she witnesses in the world today, Michaëlle states, “We are in a world where everything goes so fast – we are running after time – there is a sense of urgency.” She advises slowing down to make more time and sharing what you have, which is her theory on the meaning of life. Living a life of collecting stories and sharing experiences, she believes that “When you are in a country like Canada, there are so many stories to share – it’s an amazing story of the human experience.” As a person who possesses great compassion and the ability to understand and express the needs of others with eloquence, Michaëlle is clearly meeting her standards of living a meaningful life in both her professional and personal life. FALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 69


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LIVING Fall Fashion Trends

FALL FOR CANADIAN CHIC BY MARY CIANCIBELLO PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIA PHOTOGRAPHY

Find fall’s rich tints and luxurious fabrics in true Canadian style. Feel fresh with a look that’s all about layering with the latest trends from Canadian designers.

BAUBLE BAUBLE LET YOUR EARS DO THE TALKING WITH BAUBLE STATEMENT EARRINGS. ALDO, ELOREDIA, ST LAURENT

LUXE HARDWARE THERE’S NOTHING BORING ABOUT HANDBAGS THIS SEASON. ALDO VINTAGE BUCKLE PURSE FLORAL EMBROIDERY

PINK HUES MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT IN THIS UNCONVENTIONAL FALL COLOUR WITH A SOPHISTICATED COAT. PAIR IT WITH NEUTRAL PIECES FOR A SIMPLE, YET ELEVATED LOOK. COAT, SENTALER; DRESS, JUDITH AND CHARLES; SHOES, L’INTERVALLE; BAG, ALDO

A TREND STILL GOING STRONG, BOLD FLORAL APPLIQUES ARE A STYLISH WAY TO UPDATE YOUR DENIM VIBE OR ELEVATE YOUR WORK LOOK. SIMONS ICÔNE FLORAL EMBROIDERY PENCIL SKIRT

FASHION AND FUNCTION STYLE & WARMTH WITH LOCAL FASHION DESIGNER KRISTA NORRIS’ ZIKRA BLACK SCARF

FOOTWEAR THAT WON’T FALL FLAT WARMTH...WITH A WAIST LAST YEAR’S OVERSIZED COATS HAVE GIVEN WAY TO MORE FITTED SILHOUETTES AND WRAP COATS. JOSEPH RIBKOFF MILANO BLACK COAT

COMFORTABLE FLATS HAVE NEVER BEEN SO STYLISH. L’INTERVALLE NIORIO PINK SUEDE SLIDE ON LOAFERS

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flights per day during high season. Last year Cape Air carried over 686,000 passengers, making it one of the largest regional airlines in the United States. “Many of our Canadian passengers appreciate how easy and cost-effective it is to get to Albany or Boston with Cape Air,

particularly those heading to the many popular seaside towns along the east coast, such as Hyannis, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Provincetown,” explains Northeast Regional Marketing Manager Amanda Brabec. “We feel privileged to provide air service to communities

who wouldn’t otherwise have such easy connections to the Northeast and the world.” Founder and CEO Dan Wolf, himself an active pilot, has leveraged his passion for aviation into a thriving company whose prime objective is achieving operational excellence across all aspects of its organization. While Cape Air has grown significantly over its almost thirty years in business, it owes its continued success to providing unparalleled customer service and a convenient, pleasant travel experience. For more information or to book a flight, visit

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LIVING Street Style

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September is a great time to kick-start change and begin again – new classes, new friends, new year, new you! It’s time to sharpen those pencils and get focused to set goals for the year ahead. We caught up with some stylish students and asked them what they are hoping to achieve this year.

“This year, we want to learn how to cook and bake. We especially want to learn how to bake cookies and cupcakes so we can share them with our mom.” WHO: Raffie and Rosie, entering Grade 1 and 3 OUTFIT DETAILS: On Raffie - shirt and bag from Joe Fresh, pants from Winners, Shockerz shoes. On Rosie - Tommy Hilfiger dress, Nike shoes, Tracker backpack, bow from Claire’s

“I’m finishing my college program this year so my big goal is to save enough money to put a payment down on a car when I’m done. It’s going to be challenging balancing a part-time job and school, but a car will give me more opportunities with jobs and I’ll be able to head up to my cottage more often in the summer.” WHO: Abi, entering second year studying Community and Justice Services OUTFIT DETAILS: Nike shoes, RVCA pants from Viens Avec Moi, flannel shirt from Walmart, jacket from Forever 21

“My goals this year are to learn to spell my name, tell time and help my mom make my lunches. Quiche is my favourite!” WHO: Victor, entering JK OUTFIT DETAILS: Jacket from Kiddytown, shirt from Old Navy, pants from H&M, Geox shoes, toque from Zara, backpack from The Drake General Store

“I’m starting middle school this year which means a lot of new people. I love having lots of friends, so one of my goals is to make new friends. I also want to try new things and not be afraid to come out of my shell. Butterflies of nerves or excitement (not sure which) are totally in play! “ WHO: Maya, entering Grade 7 OUTFIT DETAILS: Dress from Forever 21, shoes from Nordstrom, sunglasses from Joe Fresh, vintage bag from Italy

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LIVING New & Notable

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STREAMLINED Mydoma Studio is a project management and client collaboration software built by interior designers for interior designers. In 2015, Sarah Daniele, launched an online portal for interior design professionals to collaborate with clients, manage projects and run their businesses. Her goal was to create simple software for designers to streamline the design process. This year, the latest version of Mydoma Studio software rolled out to interiors designers in 30+ countries. “We’ve built

solutions that allow design professionals to more effectively manage their daily tasks, so that they can have more time to do the parts of their jobs that they love and do them even better,” explains Sarah. Users of the newest version of the software will experience an improved look and feel, with an overall cleaner aesthetic. The most notable change is the option to customize user roles. Those interested in checking out the new version of the software can learn more at mydomastudio.com or sign up for a 30-day free trial.

SWEATER WEATHER Cable Melbourne, a premium Australian fashion brand, launches in Canada this fall. Two local retailers, Schad, 521 Sussex Drive and Vincent 444 Preston Street will be carrying the line of luxury sweaters.

WORK HARD SPINCO is Ottawa’s newest destination for avid cyclists looking for a hard-core workout. With the motto work, sweat, achieve, they are inspiring positive lifestyle changes all across Canada. With locations in Kelowna, Victoria and Toronto, SPINCO is opening its newest location in downtown Ottawa at 123 Slater Street this fall. Nicole Hilstob, managing partner at the Ottawa location is passionate about health, wellness and fitness. Born and raised in Kelowna, she fell in love with SPINCO and is realizing her dream of opening her own franchise. SPINCO’s workouts are aimed at promoting a stronger mind, body and soul all in the 50-minute full-body workout class. For updated information visit spinco.ca.

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MODERN OTTAWA Old Ottawa South is a go-to location for contemporary furniture and home accents. Alteriors has been supplying Ottawa with exclusive luxury pieces for the past 20 years. The showroom is an inviting space to explore the artistry of superior design, exquisite craftsmanship and inspired aesthetic. Owners Jacob Visutskie and Monika Durczak believe that design of any kind is meant to inspire and encourage original thinking. “We are creative, visual people with strong design backgrounds,” says Monika. “And we love furniture. We roll all of that artistic appreciation together and inject it into our showroom.” Alteriors handpicks


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and delivers a variety of unique furniture and accessories that complement any home. In celebration of their 20th anniversary, they are showcasing new products from two Italian companies, Bonaldo and Kristalia. Visit their showroom at 1158 Bank Street. This spring, Alteriors opened a separate and dedicated showroom for their bestselling brand, Ligne Roset. Synonymous with modern luxury, Ligne Roset invites consumers to enjoy a contemporary, designforward lifestyle via its furniture collections and decorative accessories, lighting, rugs, textiles and occasional items. Visit the new showroom located at 1165 Bank Street.

A MODERN SPACE The newest addition to the home décor experience on Bank Street is A Modern Space. Patrick Hajas recently relocated from Hintonburg and feels his inventory perfectly complements other furniture offerings in the neighbourhood. The new showroom is set up as a series of rooms that show living, dining and bedroom sets to true advantage. Blu Dot, Emeco, and Kartell, are a few of the brands Hajas feels combine original modern design at an accessible price point. In partnership with artist Stephen Frew, Patrick is adding an art gallery to the basement of the store. The Seven Below Gallery will

showcase work by local artists and adds another element to your interior design shopping experience! Visit the showroom at 1150 Bank Street. THE MODERN SHOP The Modern Shop covers the downtown core for contemporary design enthusiasts. Located at 541 Sussex Drive, this shop sells quality designs from some of the best brands in the world. Around the corner at 17A York Street, you’ll find their new showroom with accessories and children’s merchandise.

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Focus on a full leg extension and a bended knee landing. Lean into the jump and aim to go as high as you can with a soft bent knee landing. Work your way up the staircase

Whether at the office or in your home, take another look at the set of stairs in front of you and put them to use. Stairs are ideal for strengthening and toning legs, and building cardio.

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Given the choice, taking the stairs is always a healthy option

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< CALF RELEVÉ. We often forget to stretch and strengthen our calves. Simple calf raises can help define, strengthen and stretch calf muscles. Three sets of 10 – 12 reps is a great start. Change the angle of the feet, facing inward

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LIVING Giving Back

A CUT ABOVE By Catherine Clark Giving Back @catherinejclark

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brahim Musa knows what it’s like to feel different from his peers. Now 18, he arrived in Canada as a refugee from Iraq with his parents in 2002. “I grew up low-income – my parents earned minimum wage despite their university degrees, which weren’t recognized here,” he explains. “They had to work and go back to school to get new degrees to support their kids.” Ibrahim’s parents worked hard, as did

he, but that didn’t stop him from being affected by self-esteem issues. “I knew I was different. My hair was different, my clothes were different – sometimes I was embarrassed to bring friends home to my house because I knew my home was not the same as theirs.” But it was those tough times that spurred Ibrahim to action. Last year he founded a charitable organization called Cuts for Kids Foundation, which provides free haircuts for low-income Ottawa kids. “Many of us see a haircut as a basic amenity,” Ibrahim notes, but he knows all too well that it’s not as simple as that for all residents of Ottawa. “If you’re going to a job interview, or starting back to school, a haircut offers a fresh start, some selfesteem. It goes way past hygiene to the mental health of our youth.” Ibrahim made sure that Cuts for Kids is open to any low-income person between the ages of 3-17 whether they are homeless, have lived here their entire lives, are members of indigenous or diverse communities, or are newcomers to the city.

Ibrahim is supported in his work by numerous barbers and hairstylists who volunteer their time, particularly Ottawa’s Hairfellas Barbershop. He is also a Tenant Ambassador for Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), a relationship which has proved invaluable when organizing the events Cuts for Kids holds across the city throughout the year. “Every month we hold one or two events at a local community centre or club,” says Ibrahim. The events are 3-5 hours in length and there are often booths set up to provide information on other services available to local families, such as employment, health, sports or food support. “It’s about dignity – packaging something so that you are giving people their dignity,” concludes Ibrahim about Cuts for Kids, a remarkable organization created by a young man whose compassion and dedication to Ottawa is clearly a cut above. For more information on Cuts for Kids go to http://www.cutsforkids.org/

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PREP TIME: 5 minutes SERVES: 2 INGREDIENTS: 2 pieces all-natural grainy bread 1 ripe avocado, halved, pit removed 1 small clove garlic, finely minced 1-2 tsp (5-10 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 tomato, diced 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1/2 tsp ( 2.5 mL) nutritional yeast, optional

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DIRECTIONS: • Peel, pit and mash avocado together with garlic and lemon juice. • Grill or toast your favourite bread; top with avocado mixture. • Top with diced tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. • Season with salt, pepper and nutritional yeast, top with green onions and serve immediately.

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FOOD Let’s Dish

THIS PAGE: ANGELA, TWO-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD MAVI AND NOAH PLAY WITH A HAPPY ONE-YEAR-OLD ZEV ON A SWING IN THE FAMILY ROOM.

COURSE OF ACTION BY PAULA ROY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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he Ottawa restaurant community is a tight-knit group. So it’s no surprise that Noah Firestone, owner of LUXE Bistro in the ByWard Market, could quickly mobilize his staff and fellow restaurateurs when he learned earlier this year that his infant son Zev had been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome (AS). AS is a rare, complex genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system and can cause delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and problems with movement and balance. The #stickaforkinit campaign launched a few 82 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2017

months ago has raised tens of thousands of dollars for FAST (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics), and Noah says that he and his wife Angela share an unwavering optimism that a cure for their son’s rare neurogenetic disorder is within reach.

failed to reveal anything unusual, a subsequent EEG led to a consultation with a neurologist who suggested bloodwork and genetic testing, and that’s how we found out. We are so grateful to everyone at CHEO, particularly Dr. Erick Sell as he happens to be an AS specialist.

How did you find out your son has AS? Zev was six months old when we

What was your reaction when you learned what you were facing with Zev? It was initially devastating to be told

finally received the diagnosis. We had noticed very early on that he was not progressing the way our daughter Mavi (now 2 ½ years old) had in her first few months. After an MRI and X-rays

Zev would need life-long, 24-hour care and most likely would not walk or talk. Getting a diagnosis was a bit of a relief in that we finally knew what was wrong,


“I love thinking about the fact that our efforts will help not just Zev, but many other families too.” — NOAH FIRESTONE although it also meant I could no longer keep thinking about best-case scenarios. I instantly had to reframe my mental picture of what life is going to be like for our family.

You sprang into action very quickly – what motivated you? I dove headfirst into research and some of the best resources came from online forums with other parents. I learned that the outcomes can vary greatly from what we’d initially been told to expect; parents shared stories of kids running and being able to communicate though iPads and picture boards. As a “get things done” person who likes to set and achieve goals, I wanted to leverage the aggressiveness that has helped me succeed in business to try to help and protect my family. FAST really impressed me and I knew I had a community here in Ottawa that I could mobilize to help this amazing organization reach its goal of a cure and human clinical trials.

How does your fundraising campaign work? At LUXE, ten cents from every single item people order is being donated to FAST. Some of our neighbouring food service businesses and suppliers have generously made donations. We’ve implemented got a 50/50 draw every pay period for our employees. We are also putting blue forks on our tables and encouraging people to raise awareness by taking selfies with them and posting the images on social media with two hashtags: #stickaforkinit and #cureangelman. We’re also planning a big fundraising gala at LUXE next March.

What has this experience taught you so far? I’d never heard of Angelman

Syndrome and although I have learned a lot about how terrible it is in terms of how it can affect people, I’m really encouraged by the fact that it’s also a relatively straightforward, monogenetic (single gene) disorder, which makes it an excellent and viable candidate for developing a cure. That inspires me every day; it’s very exciting to be a part of pushing this cure across the finish line. As my wife and I like to say, it’s so close we can taste it. I love thinking about the fact that our efforts will help not just Zev, but many other families too.

If you wish to participate in the Firestones’ campaign, please visit https:// cure-angelman-now.everydayhero.com/ us/stickaforkinit

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FOOD Dining Out

DESIGNED TO DINE FOR Well-crafted meals become more appetizing when served up in an appealing environment, as proven by three chic Ottawa-area restaurants where design doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a back seat to the delicious dishes on offer.

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chef in the country at the prestigious Gold Medal Plates culinary competition, Chef Joe Thottungal decided that after thirteen years it was time to refresh the décor at his popular Coconut Lagoon at 853 St. Laurent Boulevard. The mid-century building now offers a modern, neutral decor which serves as a pleasing, understated backdrop to Coconut Lagoon’s delicious and colourful Indian cuisine. Hand-carved woodwork, evocative of Joe’s home state of Kerala, enlivens the space with pretty pops of texture throughout the room.

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OZ KAFE The sister and brother team of Ozlem and Ozden Balpinar have reopened Oz Kafe after completely renovating an NCCowned building in the ByWard Market’s historic Clarendon Court at 10 York Street. It is a rustic, warm space decked out in stone, copper and wood with exposed beams and eye-catching bars on both

levels. A unique, cage-like staircase does double duty as a wine storage area. New Chef Kristine Harting is putting her own spin – with lots of fresh flavours and European-inspired flair – on the menu, which will change regularly.

COCONUT LAGOON Having just been named the second-best

A former family home at 61 rue Principale in Aylmer, built in the mid-1800s, has found new life as an upscale restaurant that plays up the building’s heritage, complementing the rough-hewn stone walls with modern flourishes. La Maison Conroy opened late last year after adding elegant chandeliers, banquettes and rich textures and colours to accent the dark wood floors. A stunning bar and open-prep kitchen for raw foods and charcuterie add atmosphere while Chef Kyle Mortimer-Proulx’s inventive, playful menu is a delight for all the senses.

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FOOD Paula’s Bites

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3 tbsp (45 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 medium limes) 1/2 tps (2.5 mL) kosher salt, or to taste 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper Garnish: 1/2 cup (125 mL) pepitas (green pumpkin seeds) 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh coriander leaves, chopped

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METHOD Preheat oven to 400F.

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Put sweet potato, onion and chickpeas on one large, rimmed, parchment-lined baking sheet (or divide among two smaller sheets).

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Vegetarian, vegan and omnivore approved! Chickpeas add protein and the sweet potatoes are both hearty and delicious. Serves 4 - double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd. INGREDIENTS Salad: 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces 1 large cooking onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 540 mL can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 1 tsp (5 mL) garlic powder

1 tsp (5 mL) smoked paprika 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) coarse kosher salt Dressing: 1 1/2 tsp (7.5 mL) coriander seeds (or 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL ground cumin) 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1/3 cup (90 mL) vegetable oil, divided 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey (or more to taste) 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) Dijon mustard

Drizzle with olive oil, then use your hands to toss the mixture so everything gets coated evenly. Sprinkle the garlic powder, smoked paprika and salt over top. Place in preheated oven and roast for about 25 - 30 min, stirring once half way through, until potatoes are tender but not mushy, and the onions are starting to caramelize. While vegetables roast, make the dressing. Lightly toast the coriander seeds in a dry skillet until they smell fragrant, then lightly crush or bruise the toasted seeds with a mortar and pestle or the bottom of a sturdy mug or cup. Set aside. In a glass jar with a tight lid, place the minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil. Heat in microwave on medium-high power for 45 seconds. This will par-cook the garlic and infuse the oil. Add the toasted coriander seeds, honey, Dijon, lime juice, salt and pepper to the garlic and oil mixture. Cover tightly and shake to blend well. Add remaining oil to the jar and shake again. Taste and adjust honey, salt, pepper or lime juice to suit your tastes. When vegetables are cooked, remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Immediately drizzle half the dressing over top and toss very gently to combine. Add more dressing as needed so the vegetables are thoroughly coated but not drowning in dressing. Let sit at room temperature up to two hours before serving, or refrigerate for longer storage (up to 4 days.) Serve garnished with pepitas and cilantro. FALL 2017 ottawaathome.ca 87


LIVING Back Story

GHOST IN THE MILL Andrew King @twitandrewking

woman by the name of Anne Crosby, the daughter of the family who ran the hotel. They were soon married and honeymooned in the Northeastern estled on the west bank of the United States. Rideau River south of Ottawa, Wanting to show his young bride there lies a stately stone mill the brand new grist mill in Manotick, surrounded by falling water and thick Ontario that he had built and invested trees. Built in 1860 by Moss Kent in, Joseph brought his love there to Dickinson and his business partner celebrate its first year anniversary Joseph Currier, Watson’s Mill is a in 1861. On a cold February night, gorgeously restored, old grist mill that harnesses the power of the river to grind Anne wrapped herself in a flowing assortment of clothing as she toured her wheat into flour, which it continues to husband’s new mill. Strolling through do today. In addition to the over 150 year-old the operating machinery, Anne’s white relics that occupy this unique landmark, dress suddenly became caught in the revolving turbine equipment, violently it is said that the spirit of a ghost also lies within its walls. It’s a confined spirit throwing her against a nearby support who haunts the mill where a young life pillar which killed her instantly. came to an untimely end one tragic day With his new bride dead on the in 1861. floor of his mill, a heartbroken Joseph A native of North Troy, Vermont, immediately sold his shares in the mill the mill’s co-owner Joseph Currier to his partner Dickinson and never set was widowed when his first wife died foot in Manotick again. in 1858, after losing all three of their Anne was buried in Beechwood children who died within days of each Cemetery in Ottawa and Joseph, picking other three years earlier. A saddened up the pieces of his shattered life, moved Joseph travelled to the waters of Lake to Ottawa, where he became a member George, New York and stayed in the of the city council and was later elected Crosbyside Hotel. During his stay, he a representative for Ottawa in the fell in love with a tall, beautiful young Legislative Assembly of the Province

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of Canada. Becoming president of the Citizen Printing and Publishing Company, which produced the Ottawa Daily Citizen, he was also president of two railway companies in the Ottawa area. Yet Anne never seemed to leave the mill. Her spirit was said to remain on the site along with blood stains and fingernail marks on the post where her body struck. Current visitors are said to feel cold air and goosebumps on the second floor where she perished. Joseph soon built another stately stone building in Ottawa called “Gorffwysfa,” a Welsh word for place of rest. It’s a home he built as a gift to his third wife, Hannah, granddaughter of Philemon Wright.  This stone house is now better known as 24 Sussex Drive, and was purchased by the Government of Canada in 1943 to become the official residence of Canada’s prime ministers. Joseph Currier died in 1884 and finally came to rest next to his beloved Anne at Beechwood Cemetery where the two still continue to haunt Ottawa’s special stone buildings in their own respective ways.


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