Homes

2017 Interiors issue features an elegant retreat, a dramatic makeover, a dazzling art-filled home + more

“It’s the craft of putting things together.” An architect I was interviewing recently used this phrase to describe his approach to modern architecture. While a lot of design language can seem abstract to outsiders such as me, this one stuck. And it echoed a sentiment made by none other than rapper Ice Cube. In a video that shows him touring his favourite buildings of Los Angeles, including the home of designers Charles and Ray Eames, the influential musician reflects: “It’s not about the pieces, it’s about how the pieces work together.” (Who knew Ice Cube studied architectural drafting before he got into rap music?)

Maybe the definition sticks, because for me, there is magic in the “putting together” of magazines. It begins with the planning, choosing which stories fit where, and which don’t fit at all (believe it or not, many gems lie on the cutting-room floor).

Indeed, both magazines and architecture share a process-heavy approach. For the designers, builders, and homeowners whose stories come alive in this issue, the “measure twice, cut once” mantra is second nature — because when it comes to a magnum opus such as a custom home, slow and steady wins the race. (That’s not to say mistakes are not made and lessons learned; I love the humour shown by Mark Willcox when he jokes in “Keeping Time,” page 68, that ripping out newly installed insulation made it easier for the electricians.) Similarly, for the editors and designers involved in this publication, the many rounds of editing, fact-checking, and proofing ensure there won’t be any audible gasps when the issue hits newsstands.

Much of this labour for our annual Interiors issue is done by special projects editor Sarah Brown, whose eye for interesting houses and years of experience assembling magazines — not to mention her unending curiosity about all kinds of houses — have built Interiors into a structure of integrity in its own right.

In an age of fake news, internet trolls, and other digital tools that generate stories with manipulation in mind, our methodical ways might seem outdated or overly meticulous. But, like a house planned with care and built with love, this book is one that will stand the test of time.

Coming Up: Before the “immersive multi-media production” known as Kontinuum opens at the Lyon Street LRT station, our Spring issue will examine how these transit hubs will change the future of Ottawa. We’ll also reveal stories of people who feel they cannot trust the Ottawa Police Service, take readers on a tour of the city’s annual weapons trade show, and explore a trio of gardens created with wildlife in mind.

Dayanti Karunaratne, editor
feedbackottawa@stjosephmedia.com

Table of Contents

The Jamieson family in their new home in Almonte. Photo by Doublespace Photography
The Jamieson family in their new home in Almonte. Photo by Doublespace Photography

Features

Working the Angles

A creative branding guru takes an imaginative approach to renovating his Gatineau Hills summer home, celebrating its quirky layout and making the most of outstanding river vistas

BY HATTIE KLOTZ
PHOTOGRAPHY BY

Boldly Does It

Deep, rich colours and an eclectic collection of flea-market finds add cosmopolitan flair to this design blogger’s home

BY MELANIE SCOTT
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARC FOWLER

Keeping Time

A determined couple keep history alive, undertaking a renovation that gives new life to a mid-century gem in Rockcliffe

BY BARBARA SIBBALD
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON KING

The Art of Living

Two artists discover an architectural tour de force in Vanier, and work with the unique design of the house to create a warm home that doubles as a showcase for their art collection

BY PAUL GESSELL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTIAN LALONDE

Hollywood on the Rideau

Design-savvy home-owners and a bold designer recreate the glamorous style of the late John Elgin Woolf, an architect whose client list included a who’s who of movie stars during Hollywood’s Golden Age

BY SARAH BROWN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON KING

A Sense of Place

An enterprising couple design the house of their dreams — one that pays homage to their Almonte street while looking resolutely to the future

BY SARAH BROWN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOUBLESPACE PHOTOGRAPHY

Watchlist

Three diverse projects offer visions for a green future

Most Wanted Canadian cloth

Trendwatch Favourite on-trend kitchens and bathrooms, plus details on how to get the looks

Resources 124

 

This City

Zibi + the industrial evolution • Random desires • A designer on the rise • Instagram for architects • DIY coffee table

Plus: Artful Musing • Open Book • Going Out • Backstage • Scene & Heard

 

Indulge

DESBRISAY DINES GCTC’s Chef & Shows + Arome, Rustiek, and XiangZi

CHEAP EATS Dining options for penny-pinchers

CITY BITES Local food news

HIGH SPIRITS Flavour rules for mixing drinks

VOICE The Journey to Find Home