INTERIORS 2015 ISSUE: Light Fantastic
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INTERIORS 2015 ISSUE: Light Fantastic


So often, when we admire a space, we notice not what lies inside it but what it allows us to enjoy of the outside: a spectacular view, sun rays filtered through a forest, the bustling parade of neighbourhood life. We move toward the windows and, for a moment, feel that we can enjoy both the excitement of the outside world and the serenity of personal space. And so this year, the theme of light unites our featured homes. As Ottawa’s architectural landscape continues to mature, there is no shortage of show-stopping homes to choose from: a theme helps narrow the field. Plus, it can be a daunting task, after entering a spectacular home that is adored by its inhabitants, to summarize the many design decisions (and family histories) that the space represents: a theme helps focus wide-eyed writers and photographers.

It is through this lens that we explore the five homes featured in this issue. A mid-century modern house is a natural fit because architects of that era were renowned for rooms with big windows designed to enhance the connection between the building and nature. Jay Lim’s house in Westboro goes one very practical step further, with three balconies, a big back deck, and white walls that amplify the bright atmosphere. In Old Ottawa South, architect John Donkin was challenged to build a modern house that faces west but is oriented to the south to take advantage of the sun. The Cantley home of Diane Lacaille and Pierre Charles Généreux incorporates glass walls and doors in creative ways, allowing sunshine to flood even the more hidden nooks. And what a view! It can be compared only to the Brockville condo of Bettina and Walter Griesseier, who traded their rural horse farm for a glamorous penthouse inspired by nautical themes. Their riverside abode was also a unique opportunity to highlight the many design possibilities in a condo.

As Special Projects Editor Sarah Brown continues to steer our Interiors issue into new and exciting waters, creativity and collaboration are at an all-time high. In “Everyday Beauty,” for example, five photographers, five subjects, and two writers come together to explore the way people express beauty — and their own life stories — through the objects and ambience with which they choose to surround themselves. It’s a unique and heartfelt testimony to the fact that we all have a story to tell and whatever way we choose to tell it is worthy of contemplation.

— Dayanti Karunaratne, editor

One of Shopify’s workspace nooks. Photo: Luther Caverly

This City
Reason to Love Ottawa: Because e-commerce giant Shopify is going global and buying local
By Sarah Brown
Photo by Luther Caverly

Random Design Desires: What we love, where to find it, and sometimes why

Found: Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, an iconic lakeside theatre

Process: The art of success with Natasha Mazurka

Street Tour: Mapping modernity in Hintonburg 31

Field Trip

Thinking Inside the Box: An imaginative couple turns a series of shipping containers into a home that’s at once industrial and inviting
By Melanie Scott
Photos by Christian Lalonde

Photo Essay

Inside a glass home — a peak into an Alta Vista home. Photo: Marc Fowler

Everyday Beauty: In a rich photo essay, five photographers (document everyday beauty
as they see it, each choosing and photographing the dwelling of someone whose home truly captures the spirit of the owner
By Ron Corbett
Photos by Bill Grimshaw, Maggie Knaus, Jamie Kronick, Whitney Lewis-Smith, and Remi Theriault


Light Fantastic: Tours of five sun-filled homes, exploring clever layouts and design ideas that allow natural daylight to stream in.
By Hattie Klotz, Sarah Brown, Janine Debanne, Barbara Sibbald, and Daniel Drolet
Photos by Christian Lalonde, Marc Fowler, Lorne Blythe, and Doublespace Photography


A tour through three sets of matching kitchens and bathrooms with lots of detail on how to achieve that harmonized look
By Sarah Brown
Photos by Gordon King and Joel Bedford

Great Taste

Most Wanted: Dale Dunning‘s objets d’art bring Koi
By Matt Harrison

My Look:
Urbanomic‘s Heidi Helm and Justine Baltessen sophisticated and minimal
Photo by Jessica Deeks

Child’s play — each piece of furniture has playful potential; furnishings & accessories for design-minded parents. Photo: Christian Lalonde

Shop Talk: Child’s Play — An imaginative shopping feature sees a child creating her own dreamscapes by rearranging and repurposing the living room furniture and accessories of her design-minded parents
Photography by Christian Lalonde

Eating Life: Sweet Thing — Considering sweet temptations
By Shawna Wagman
Illustration by Michael Zavacky

Quest: Sha’mokin — Quest for smoked servings
By Cindy Deachman

City Bites: Notable restaurant and food happenings
By Shawna Wagman

Going Out

Spotlight: Soif  by Anne DesBrisay

Restaurant Reviews: Ace Mercado, Fauna, Kothu Rotti, and Dumpling Bowl by Anne DesBrisay

Calendar: Vertical Influences with Le Patin Libre • See, Hear, Read by Paul GessellWinterlude, and more

Sound Seekers: Remaking the Mercury Lounge by Fateema Sayani

Ottawa Journal

Besotted with a mid-century modern heritage house by Avirl Patrick