Part of the fun of working on a magazine is the constant challenge to create something unique with each issue. So, when our clever creative director Tanya Connolly-Holmes approached me with the desire to change our look, I jumped on board to brainstorm on how we could refresh Ottawa At Home.
Knowing that the appeal of lifestyle magazines is strongly based on visuals, we collaborated with photo editor Mark Holleron to implement a plan to create a visually stunning publication and coordinated the efforts with our team of editors and writers. I think you'll be impressed. The results are on the following pages . . .
Our Homes section showcases the stunning transformation of a neglected house that has returned to splendour in Araina Bond's renovation feature. Jane Whiting draws attention to how a personal flair for fashion translates to a stylish home, featured in her In Style piece.
This spring issue parallels a runway show for our revamped look and focuses on fashion within the capital. Becoming fashion forward has been an evolution for Ottawa and we profile four people who have been instrumental in the movement.
Andrea Douglas has fun with a young jewellery designer who has collaborated with a well-established designer to infuse youth into a new line. And Vera Cody gets personal with a man whose career also embraces the fusing of youthful ideas with layers of experience. Ottawa At Home sits down with the President and Vice-Chancellor of Ottawa University president Allan Rock.
Feeling "oh so stylish," we decided to hang with the popular crowd and sent Paula Roy on a scouting mission to find out where to go to "see and be seen!" It seems that Ottawa is making a name for itself, and of the five profiled eateries each boasts an impressive list of celebrities that have strutted through their doors, many more than once!
Catherine Clark's Giving Back is the absolute cat's meow, featuring the work of a man who makes it part of his day to keep felines friendly at the Ottawa Humane Society. You'll find his story purrfectly fascinating! In fact, the entire issue is delightful.
Mary Taggart, Editor in Chief
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MARY'S MUST HAVES
Garden Variety Must Haves
Mother Nature's influence is found in many of the ethereal elements reflected in home accessories this spring.
Rabbit Lamp by Moooi $595.00, from The Modern Shop, 1192 Bank St.
Current Carpets, custom area rugs available through www.layersandlayers.com
Birdwatcher Shower Curtain, by M. Style, $59, from Oleander for Home, 14 Clarence St.