It’s an in­va­sion, to say the least, to open your home up to some 2500 strangers who are com­ing to check out your dé­cor dur­ing a week­end tour. But when that tour is done for a good rea­son it’s not hard to find will­ing par­tic­i­pants.

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME | HOME TOUR - writ­ten by mary tag­gart

Forits an­nual event, Homes for the Hol­i­days, has no trou­ble find­ing gor­geous homes to visit. Most peo­ple gen­er­ously con­sider it a priv­i­lege to be in­volved with such a worth­while cause that ben­e­fits the Hospice at May Court. The 2009 Novem­ber event fea­tured six unique res­i­dences from across Ottawa, dec­o­rated by top de­sign­ers and florists.

Ottawa At Home took a pri­vate tour of two of the six houses, which all have some­thing spe­cial to of­fer. Both homes sit pres­ti­giously in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the city and each holds a strong sense of com­mu­nity and tra­di­tion.

The Waser­man House

A stun­ning in­fill in trendy West­boro Vil­lage, of­fers just what the de­sign ex­perts at Ja­cob­sons Gourmet Con­cepts needed to cre­ate a home decked out for hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ing. To im­ple­ment the win­ter won­der­land theme, en­vi­sioned for this el­e­gant home, shop-owner Su­san Ja­cob­son en­listed the help of the man­agers from their Mont Trem­blant lo­ca­tion. Si­mon Ekem­berg and Erick St-Amoir played upon the ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign el­e­ments es­tab­lished by one of the city’s premier builders, Uni­form De­vel­op­ments, who turned the prop­erty (orig­i­nally owned by Charles Ogilvy) into a chic, award-winning ur­ban project.

The home­own­ers Phil Waser­man and Va­lerie Bishop-DeYoung were ap­proached by a com­mit­tee mem­ber from Homes for the Hol­i­days and they were ea­ger to par­tic­i­pate: “Work­ing in the health care sec­tor, I know the value of a hospice and the strug­gle for fund­ing. This was an easy de­ci­sion,” stated Va­lerie who echoes the sen­ti­ments of all par­tic­i­pants.

As for let­ting the pro­fes­sion­als come in and take over the hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing of a home that com­bines both the Jewish and Chris­tian faiths, Va­lerie is de­lighted with the process and ex­claims, “The hol­i­days are a rich sea­son of learn­ing for both fam­i­lies. I love this time of year, but dec­o­rat­ing can be a real chal­lenge. Not this year – I’m re­ally ex­cited about Ja­cob­sons’ vi­sion for our home!”

top right: The din­ing ta­ble and chairs are from De Boer’s in. Un­dec­o­rated Waser­man House liv­ing room.



photography by mark holleron

Waser­man House din­ing room be­fore

Canac Kitchens de­signed the glossy, mod­ern kitchen.

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