Clas­sic style stands the test of time

HIGH FASH­ION DÉ­COR WITH SU­SAN BRYSON

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME DESIGNER AT HOME - Writ­ten by MARY TAG­GART Pho­tog­ra­phy by MARK HOLLERON

In­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor Su­san Bryson’s stylish ca­reer has taken her on a var­ied path, from be­ing a fash­ion model and tele­vi­sion host, to cre­at­ing a tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment for her own fam­ily home. The ca­reer con­nec­tion com­bines an un­der­stand­ing of the har­mo­nious space re­quired for a pro­fes­sional fash­ion shoot, with the ex­pe­ri­ence of know­ing the ben­e­fits of a good set de­sign on tele­vi­sion. Su­san’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a bal­anced, wellde­signed space evolved into a role as a dec­o­ra­tor which plays an on­go­ing part in her life.

A clean and clas­sic style is re­flected beau­ti­fully in Su­san’s grand home, which she shares with her hus­band Chris

Vick­ers and their son and daugh­ter in Cedarhill Es­tates. Clients get a feel for Su­san’s per­sonal taste dur­ing meet­ings held in her gra­cious liv­ing room. It serves as her home of­fice and fea­tures mag­nif­i­cent floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows, dec­o­rated in her clas­sic trade­mark style.

The ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail­ing was a sell­ing fea­ture of the 25-yearold home, which was dated when Su­san and Chris pur­chased it. The nec­es­sary es­thetic changes ex­cited the cou­ple and al­lowed them to im­ple­ment their so­phis­ti­cated tastes into the al­ready grand struc­ture with a ma­jes­tic set­ting. It was an ideal op­por­tu­nity for Su­san to show­case her skills as a dec­o­ra­tor and en­hance the wel­com­ing al­lure of the home’s stately curb ap­peal com­bined with peren­nial gar­dens, plenty of open grass ar­eas and an invit­ing swim­ming pool.

CLOCK­WISE: Clas­sic styling in the liv­ing room sets the tone; a rus­tic kitchen ta­ble is per­fect for fam­ily liv­ing and com­ple­ments the ex­posed brick wall; el­e­gance is car­ried from in­side to out; Su­san works from a tres­tle ta­ble made by her great-un­cle and re­fin­ished by her fa­ther. Con­tact­su­sanat

su­san­bryson@rogers.com

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