“The spaces we craft are liveable, engaging and beautifully resolved, with a contemporary feel in our distinctively effortless style. We achieve this through deeply thought out spatial planning alongside the use of bespoke materials, customised detailing, exceptional palettes and textural layerings.” – Studio Gorman.
This timeless and elegant renovation by the Sydney-based interior design firm is the perfect example. Think hand painted joinery, calacutta marble and bespoke textiles.
I was delighted to receive an email the other day from a friend and arguably the most talented designer here in Ottawa, Henrietta Southam, on a project she recently completed. This apartment is iconic in a few ways – it was previously owned by an iconic Canadian singer, and her love of Asian-style architecture and Hindu temples was and still is evident throughout and is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in this city. And lastly, the views of the Ottawa River and the Parliament buildings from its windows are unparalleled. I had seen photos of this home in its previous incarnation and what Henrietta has done to “de-wood” some of the structure and make it more contemporary and less temple-like is astonishing. (To note: the sale of the apartment included the contents but there was a caveat that nothing was to be sold. Henrietta helped the new homeowner decide on what should stay and what should be gifted away). Against all odds in a home with so much dark woods and global sensibilities, blue and silver were chosen as primary colour and metal (Henrietta’s creativity knows no bounds) and hence the name Cloud Nine was coined. Henrietta wrote a beautiful article on this home for Luxe Magazine which I would highly recommend having a read, and she shared with me some of the photos by photographer Marc Fowler (Metropolis Studio). I’ll share more on Thursday.
Canadian House & Home magazine is a favourite of mine and has been for as long as I can remember, so I find their website is a wonderful source for fabulously designed Canadian homes. I thought I would share some that have caught my eye recently.
design: Christine Ralphs for Lloyd Ralphs Design; photo: Virginia Macdonald; feature: here
design: Julie Charbonneau; photo: Virginia Macdonald; feature: here
design: Montana Burnett; photo: Virginia Macdonald; feature: here
design: Whitney Keeley, Absolutely Inc.; photo: Robin Stubbert
design: Lisa Lev; photo: Alex Lukey; feature: here
design:Youssef Hasbani; photo:Virginia Macdonald; feature: here
design: Judith Gougeon; photo: Maxime Desbiens or Angus McRitchie; feature: here
photo:Kim Jeffery; feature: here
I hate Facebook for the most part, but was reminded recently why I still have an account. Because without it I would not have noticed this incredible renovation project by Emily Arbour. Emily has a gorgeous home in Almonte, a small town outside of Ottawa, and her home was in desperate need of an update. What I saw on Facebook sure captured my attention, and when I went to check out the full story on her blog, I was blown away. The transformation of her kitchen, sunroom, foyer, family room and powder room is fantastic!!! Congrats Emily! I bet you and your family are loving every bit of it. (She has tons of details and sources in her blog post).