Show STOPPERS ON A MISSION
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.
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.
Waserman House dining room before
Canac Kitchens designed the glossy, modern kitchen.