Editor's Note: Finding the decorating balancePublished on January 10, 2011

  • Mary Taggart, Ottawa At Home editor. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

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.


Mary Taggart Editor in Chief


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