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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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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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Monday
Sep012014

Andrea Johnson Design

Vancouver interior designer Andrea Johnson is all about style and comfort, chic and elegant spaces that are fresh and timeless. The first thing I thought of when I began looking through her portfolio is 'this is what sells houses'. Lovely. 

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Wednesday
Aug272014

Laura Collins 

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. 

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Sunday
Aug172014

blumenstudio

I wasn't sure what to blog today as it has been yet another busy Saturday. Tuesday my husband and I had taken the day off work and gone to Montreal furniture shopping where we found an awesome highboy for Jeff's dressing room and a credenza for the dining room. Yesterday we headed back to Montreal, picked up the furniture with my parent's SUV and trailer, and drove back home - in the rain. How nerve-wracking! I thought for sure the credenza was going to get soaked and ruined but luckily it survived. I will share them here soon (and the other little things I bought that day). Until then I was wondering what to blog today, when I remembered I had taken some photos the other day that I could share. I was off work Friday as well so after a trip to the dentist and the bank I took a walk down my street to the nearest coffee shop - blumenstudio. This is not your ordinary coffee shop. It also happens to be the coolest flower/plant shop around. 

Owner Kat (along with Nathan) has been a floral designer for almost 20 years. She grew up in Germany and moved to Ottawa 12 years ago, and opened this shop in 2011. She has an amazing eye for design and creates the most spectacular floral arrangements and her selection of plants is to die for. I have been in the shop a couple of times now since moving to this 'hood and each time I want to leave with...everything. I think I will be stopping in for a latte and maybe a plant on a regular basis. You should too if you are in the Parkdale/Civic Hospital area. 

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