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Friday
Sep122014

Glebe House Tour 2014 - part 1

I have been fortunate to have been involved in a local event here in Ottawa for the past few years. The Glebe is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Ottawa and on Sept 21st, several of its residents are opening their homes to those who enjoy snooping in strangers homes! COUNT ME IN! (Details, where to get tickets etc. for the tour HERE) It is a lot of fun and my husband and I have had a blast each time we have participated in the tour (p.s. posts from previous tours here, here and here). This past weekend I was lucky to have had a personal tour of one of the homes included in this year's tour. It is owned by Bob, an awesome guy who is a bachelor and recently retired and his home is one of the coolest I have ever seen on this tour (this one is for sure a must-see!). Bob had his house built about 10 years ago, and ever since I first drove by it some time ago I have been dying to get a peek inside. 

And so my tour begins.... (I just want to apologize for the amount of photos in this post but I did not want you to miss anything). 

Right from the front entrance there is exposed ductwork - Bob is a fan of industrial design elements as you will see throughout his home.

At the beginning of the tour Bob mentioned that most of the furniture in his home was not purchased - it is from friends, hand-me-downs, trash finds etc. His friends have pretty good taste. :)

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Friday
Sep122014

Curve

Beach side meets inner city edge in this apartment renovation by Megan Burns and Christopher Glanville of C+M Studio. A gentle curving wall defines the spaces and draws you from space to space. Clean lines, the play of warm against sleek surfaces, beautiful, modern furniture and art, light and shadow all work together to create a wonderful home by the sea in this Manly, Sydney home.

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Thursday
Sep112014

Another reading nook

Jo shared a reading nook yesterday, and I have a gorgeous one for you too.

via Alexandra Mia Design

These have me thinking about the third floor of my house (seen here at the end of the post), and how it's the perfect small space for a cozy reading nook. I think I need to move that project to the top of the priority list. 

Thursday
Sep112014

A renovated home in Vancouver

We received an email from Amber of Māk Interiors, about an extensive renovation project she took on of a heritage home in Vancouver’s South Granville area. The home had great bones, but needed to be completely gutted to open up the tiny rooms and make the home more spacious and family friendly. It is a wonderful example of how you can modernize a traditional/historic home without losing its character. And I am all for the if-you-can't-make-it-work-gut-it philosophy.

Here are a couple of before photos. 

And this is what it looks like after Amber had her way with it. :-) You can read more about it here

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Thursday
Sep112014

Baixa House

A home away from home. Perhaps I should say an apartment. Baixa House in Lisbon, Portugal is a boutique hotel of individual self-catering apartments over several floors, each with its own stylish interior. Bright white walls, scrubbed floors, vintage finds and beautiful light flooding in. Forget the holiday. I'd want to live there permanently. Via Welcome Beyond.

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