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Glebe House Tour 2015 - part 1

It is that time of year again....the Glebe House Tour is coming up September 20th. Get your tickets HERE! This is one of my favourite local events - when a select group of people in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Ottawa open up their homes for us nosy folk. :) There's nothing like snooping through a stranger's home (it is a well guarded tour I might add) without them present so you can OH! and AH! and HUH? to your heart's content. I was given a personal tour by the owners of one of the homes on the tour (thank you Michel and Lara!, and the kids who I did not get to meet but who cleaned their rooms for me!), and I really lucked out because this house is almost identical to mine so it was really interesting to see how someone else made over the same spaces. In this case the owners have gone to town renovating what was once a very neglected home. Over the past 6 years they have worked on every single nook and cranny to restore and update to their liking. And boy do I like! I always have a hard time narrowing down the photos of these house tours so this post will be the exterior front and main level and the next post will be the second floor and backyard. (Posts from last year's tour here and here


There's a surprise behind that door :)

All of the original oak doors/trim/window frames/beams are so beautiful and OMG the time it must have taken to restore it all... That's the vestibule door in the middle, with the living room on the left and the dining room to the right.

When the homeowners first moved in things were in such rough shape the family of four all lived in one room for a while. I may not get these numbers quite right but they lived without a kitchen for 6 months and without a bathroom for 1 month. 

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How to make an 80s home not look 80s

I was perusing the latest issue of Style At Home magazine and fell in love with this house that was featured. Designed by Melissa Davis and Halina Catherine, it is classic but streamlined and modern, making it fresh and inviting and not at all stuffy. Built in 1987, you would never know it based on its appearance now. I am completely smitten with the hard wood floors and the acrylic-front custom hutch above by Hardware Interiors Studio. (We also featured Catherine and Melissa's work in this post).

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Working on a Saturday

There is something clean, contemporary and killer about the Blue Communications office by Montréal-based Atelier Moderno in collaboration with Anne Sophie Goneau and I'm not just talking about the life size sharks floating around the walls. I still can't believe I have found two workspaces in a matter of weeks that feature sharks as a design statement. A company mascot or perhaps a work ethic? Anyway as I always say if you have to drag your sorry self into work on the weekend it helps if it's somewhere stylish.

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Le 205

Step inside the unassuming facade of this 1950s warehouse and you'll find a minimalist open plan home. Hints of the building's industrial past remain but as a shell that contains this super slick modern space. Seamless Corian benches, stainless steel, strip lighting and painted concrete play against a mix of contemporary and mid century furniture. I would, however be more at ease with this house if they would just move the shaving mirror away from the ethanol heater. Ouch! Is it a clue that the owner is hot stuff? Le 205 in Mile-Ex district of Montreal by Atelier Moderno.

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The Fairlane House

A family of 6 wanted a comfortable, unique, family-friendly home and turned to Vancouver interior designer Amber Kingsnorth of Māk Interiors to make their wishes come true. And she did, with some stunning custom tile in the kitchen, custom millwork and some bold wallpaper. (Did you see this project of hers?) 

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