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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. :)
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.
I am trying to keep summer alive for as long as possible. These spaces, my Toronto decorator and stylist Laura Colllins are as summery as they come. Lots of white with touches of blue, green and pink....it is chic and elegant yet casual and understated. We all need to go out and get some pink peonies.