Design

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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Hit Refresh

Out with the old. In with chic, edited closet space that’s all about ease and pleasure. It’s time for change. As we peel off the layers that once kept us cosy, it serves us well to also pare our belongings and polish our closet space. After all, as Lianne Levy explains, we feel lighter and live...

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Feast of Books

What’s your greatest luxury? For me, it’s time. As the speed of daily life has increased, the opportunities for real downtime have diminished. I’m not talking about the end-of-day collapse onto the sofa with the newspaper (old news by then anyway), nor falling into bed to read a couple of pages of...

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HOME CHIC HOME

By Jennifer Geleta Why go anywhere when you can enjoy the beauty of the season, along with all the stylish amenities of home? Make your deck, patio or balcony an inviting outdoor sanctuary. Singing optional. The Sonoma fire pit by Hauser comes with slate or ivory colour stones. It’s available with...

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Framing the View

By Reba Wilson TWO ARCHITECTS AND A DEVELOPER EXPLAIN HOW SETTING INFLUENCES DESIGN Imagine you’re standing on a vacant lot trying to decide what kind of home should be built on it. Not only will this depend on taste, but also on location. Is the lot urban, waterfront or lushly treed with acreage...

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Palette and Texture

By Reba Wilson Distinguishing a Home’s Design Elements Designers often use thematic colour schemes to cohere spaces. Texture and colour elevate an interior from basic to luxurious. This is the story of four design professionals—a duo of designers, a developer and a kitchen-designer-turned...

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