Stand­out Style

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE - Mary Taggart, Editor in Chief mtag­

Hol­i­day style . . . what is it? This is a ques­tion I posed to my­self as I opened up my own home for our De­signer at Home fea­ture in this hol­i­day is­sue.

I have al­ways been aware that my per­sonal style avoids any un­nec­es­sary trap­pings to al­low the things that I trea­sure to stand out. I love lux­ury and qual­ity, and loathe clut­ter in ev­ery as­pect of life. So, when I re­viewed the pho­tos of my home dec­o­rated for the sea­son, I rec­og­nized my sig­na­ture style. While there are no elab­o­rately dec­o­rated rooms, there is an air of hol­i­day spirit felt through­out which be­comes en­hanced as the doors open to host gath­er­ings of fam­ily and friends.

With this is­sue we show­case the six grand homes that are part of the char­i­ta­ble tour Homes for the Hol­i­days to sup­port The Hospice at May Court. How­ever, we fea­ture them de­void of the elab­o­rate sea­sonal dec­o­ra­tions to show off the ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail­ing in some of Ot­tawa’s most in­ter­est­ing and stun­ning homes.

The hol­i­day sea­son re­ally is all about cel­e­brat­ing and the quest to do it in style is never end­ing. To un­der­stand how the busi­ness of par­ty­ing re­ally works, we have tapped into some of the city’s busiest event plan­ners – which is just so much fun!

Comb­ing fun with style is how the “Mog­git” girls roll. Araina Bond had the plea­sure of get­ting to know these rock stars of the de­sign world, who are gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity more and more ev­ery day; they rule on the so­cial net­work­ing scene as well as all forms of me­dia. Check them out in our Liv­ing In Style sec­tion.

In the spirit of giv­ing, both Melissa Shabin­sky and Korey Kealey tap into their in­ner gen­eros­ity and of­fer up fab tips on what to bring to a hol­i­day host­ess.

But, let’s not for­get the im­por­tance of cook­ing for the ones we love. If you find your­self cater­ing to some­one with spe­cial health needs, be sure to take note of Paula Roy’s fea­ture to see what Chef Duane Keats is cook­ing up in­side the Maple­soft Can­cer Sur­vivor­ship Cen­tre kitchen. And, just to round things out, we’re re­veal­ing the city’s best donuts. Yes, donuts are said to be the new cup­cake!

Wish­ing you the lux­ury of a hol­i­day that brings just the right mix of style and cel­e­bra­tion.

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