Design

DIT & STYLE GUIDE

My approach is simple: listen, observe, brainstorm, create.  “Neutral colours, muted tones and natural materials are essential in creating an organic space that radiates warmth. Furniture should be cozy and...

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AVANT-GARDE IDEAS, AMAZING INGENUITY

OR Design and NEOTERIC DEVELOPMENTS aren’t just creating custom homes outside the box, their trendsetting residences surpass the norm and uniquely feel like you. Or (Shneur) Bielak used to be an opera singer. As confirmation, the 40-year-old owner of OR Design, Neoteric Developments (ND), and ND...

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RISING ABOVE THE ORDINARY

By Janet Wilson Photography by Justin Thomason Ottawa’s West of Main is making waves for its award-winning interior designs and sublime furnishings. If you’re a design and decor junkie, you’ve likely been drooling over the social media posts from West of Main for some time. Every photograph by the...

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THE DISCERNING EYE

By Melissa Milakovic Photos by Lindsey Gibeau Photography | Westboro Studio Kelly Wearstler is quoted as saying, “Contrast and contradiction are complementary avenues to creating a luxe space.” I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to decorating your home, the best way to achieve this desired...

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ROLLING WITH STONE

After three decades specializing in stone surfaces, Vesta’s Polito family have built on their rock-solid reputation to craft an exceptional design centre that offers all the cutting-edge products and options for amazing home renos. Bruno Polito was two years old when the first Vesta Marble &...

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TELLING YOUR INSIDE STORY

Designer to Watch: Melissa Milakovic Melissa Milakovic’s name came up when an Ottawa couple asked around. The young professionals—a physician and a lawyer—were looking for the right design professional to help them improve their living space. They had the budget and the desire for an interior redo...

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UPSCALE DOWNSTAIRS

New lower level, finished in classic Hollywood style, will give you goals At a time when people across the city are using their homes like never before, and trying to carve out more room for remote working or homeschooling or relaxing, there’s one particularly happy family. As active householders...

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SOAK UP RELAXATION

A Grassroots Design and Build project showcases eye-pleasing possibilities for a dreamy bathroom retreat. At a time when leisurely vacations or even quick getaways aren’t realistic, there is one tantalizing, ever-ready spot where you can decompress and shed your cares along with your clothes. Call...

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FRESH VISION

Stare at the walls with pleasure this winter, thanks to inspired curation and artful framing. As we all spend more time indoors over the next few months, literally staring at the walls, it’s prime time to improve the view. Ottawa art and framing expert Patricia Barr, who’s director of Wall Space...

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Doubling Down

By Anita Murray When the pandemic brought the city to a halt, renovation leader Steve Barkhouse of Amsted Design-Build bet his life savings on the company, keeping it afloat until homeowners were once again ready to remodel. It’s easy to be a leader when times are good but much harder when they are...

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People to Watch Anna Williams

By Beka Shane Denter Anna Williams’ dark tousled curls highlight a beaming smile as she welcomes my family into her home one sunny Saturday afternoon. She has agreed to give us a tour of her studio after learning my youngest daughter, seven, has declared herself an artist. Her studio, located steps...

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In Season

By Jennifer Geleta You don’t need to be in a crowd to embrace the latest looks and benefit from feeling stylish. Enjoy these chic options and treat yourself to something(s) new, and bring your A-game to everyday dressing. SHINE ON These round Roberto Cavalli sunnies bring the bling. Available at...

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