Savour­ing the Home

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Life is def­i­nitely a jug­gling act! Try­ing to find that per­fect bal­ance is some­thing we all strive for. But no mat­ter how crazy the world out­side gets, there is no deny­ing the com­forts that come from home.

I am wel­comed into a lot of houses and while I ad­mire a well-put-to­gether space, what most im­presses me is the ev­i­dence of self-ex­pres­sion within the decor. As a dec­o­ra­tor, I al­ways strug­gled to find the bal­ance of in­cor­po­rat­ing style to­gether with a home­owner’s per­son­al­ity.

With this is­sue of Ot­tawa At Home, we bring you in­side sev­eral homes that show­case the char­ac­ter of the own­ers as well as ex­cel­lence in dé­cor and de­sign. Meet our fea­tured de­signer at home – a clever, green-minded woman – and a busy fam­ily that jug­gles two res­i­dences as they strive to find a bal­ance be­tween hec­tic city-liv­ing and en­joy­ing to­geth­er­ness in a coun­try set­ting.

Dis­cover how the in-sync thought pro­cesses of de­vel­oper Bob McEl­lig­ott and his wife Miche­line come to­gether dur­ing their quest to find a fam­ily home. Their story is fun and unique. Then, read about a cou­ple of fun-lov­ing empty nesters who built from scratch, know­ing that the nest is never re­ally empty. While ac­com­mo­dat­ing vis­its from their chil­dren their space also needed to house their ex­ten­sive col­lec­tions – it’s a home brim­ming with per­son­al­ity!

There seems to be no end to the re­mark­able peo­ple we have the op­por­tu­nity to meet. A visit with busi­ness leader Michael Pot­ter con­firmed that it re­ally is the sim­ple things in life that make ev­ery­thing worth­while. The priv­i­lege of be­ing able to nur­ture and share pas­sions is not lost on a man who warmly wel­comed Ot­tawa At Home into his life for a day . . . or two!

As we fo­cus on the many as­pects of “all things home,” it seems fit­ting that our pro­file sec­tion pays trib­ute to four of the city’s most revered ar­chi­tects. Spend­ing time with these men was a huge thrill for me, as I have of­ten thought that if only I’d been able to con­quer ninth grade math – I might have been a fab­u­lous ar­chi­tect. But re­al­is­ti­cally, there is cer­tain bril­liance to the pro­fes­sion that it’s best I ad­mire from afar . . .

On the topic of bril­liant ideas, host­ing an event within the cozy com­forts of home might seem like a good one. Yet, it’s of­ten not re­al­is­tic. Our cre­ative food edi­tor Paula Roy took it upon her­self to hunt down some venues that of­fer some of the ben­e­fits of home with the some ex­tra spe­cial ad­van­tages. So, start plan­ning – be­cause you’re go­ing to be in­spired to throw an “out of the house” party! Savour this is­sue – it will kick off the New Year on a high note that keeps us close to home. Jug­gle-Jug­gle!

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