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Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FRONT PAGE - WRIT­TEN BY MARY TAG­GART PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MARK HOLLERON

CEN­TRE­TOWN BY­WARD MAR­KET CIVIC HOSPI­TAL WELLING­TON VIL­LAGE WEST­BORO PINEGLEN

“I like to think out­side of the box of any one style and ex­plore new ideas and com­bi­na­tions”

MARY ANNE VAN GAAL

When in­te­rior de­signer Mary Anne van Gaal and her hus­band Marty de­cided to leave their large fam­ily home for a cen­trally lo­cated 990-square-foot condo, they gave up space. But that didn’t mean they were pre­pared to live in a cold, min­i­mal­ist en­vi­ron­ment! It did mean that Mary Anne could start from scratch to cre­ate a per­son­al­ity-filled home to be shared by the cou­ple and their play­ful Por­tuguese wa­ter dog, Cruz

Mary Anne has cre­ated a vi­brant home full of char­ac­ter and style with colour splashed in just the right doses. “I be­lieve ev­ery­one should live sur­rounded by things they love and that have mean­ing for them,” states Mary Anne, the prin­ci­pal dec­o­ra­tor for Otta Dec­o­rate! It’s the kind of place that you want to hang out in for a while, read­ing one of the many books that cre­ate in­trigue from table­tops to shelv­ing walls. Mary Anne is pleased with the re­sults and says, “It gives me great plea­sure ev­ery day to be en­tirely sur­rounded by items that I found in my trav­els, through sourc­ing, or in­her­ited – things that still make me say ‘wow!’”

CUS­TOM FUNC­TION

Many of the fur­ni­ture pieces

were de­signed by Mary Anne and built by mas­ter crafts­man Robert Akroyd. Bonus fea­tures such as pullout draw­ers were in­cor­po­rated to com­pen­sate for the lack of space. Lau­ry­sen Kitchens worked with Mary Anne to cus­tom­ize the kitchen area. Changes to ap­pli­ance lo­ca­tions of­fered the van Gaals an airy, open, con­tem­po­rary kitchen with a com­bi­na­tion of white and wal­nut cab­i­nets. The wa­ter­fall counter is­land floats per­fectly within the cen­tre of the space and adds mod­ern warmth with so­phis­ti­cated style to pay trib­ute to the well-thought-out space.

OP­PO­SITES AT­TRACT

The over­all look is con­sid­ered to be mid-century mod­ern meets New York in­dus­trial. Steel, glass and wood fur­nish­ings all come to­gether ef­fec­tively. Mary Anne of­fers that the two styles on their own have be­come quite pop­u­lar, but blend­ing them al­lowed the clever de­signer to show­case her tal­ents.

“I like to think out­side of the box of any one style and ex­plore new ideas and com­bi­na­tions. Mid-century de­sign is clean, re­fined, stream­lined, long and lin­ear and pairs well with in­dus­trial touches, which are more rough, un­fin­ished, graphic and bulky. They are po­lar op­po­sites, so they at­tract!

“Both styles, on their own, have been over­done, but com­bined they have a fresh new feel.”

IN­TER­EST & IN­TRIGUE

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE: GLASS AND STEEL MERGE; PAINT­ING ABOVE BED BY SAN­TI­AGO PANICHINI, LINENS FROM RESTORA­TION HARD­WARE; MARY ANNE AND CRUZ SUR­ROUNDED BY HER COLLECTION OF BOOKS.

FAC­ING PAGE: LAU­RY­SEN KITCHENS ADAPTED TO MARY ANNE’S CHANGES TO STUN­NING EF­FECT.

METRO-MOD­ERN

THIS PAGE: CUS­TOM DE­SIGNED SOFA BY MARY ANNE, CAR­PET FROM HEN­ZEL; MODFIRE FIRE­PLACE

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