Homes for the HolidaysPublished on November 7, 2011

  • North River Road: A window within the wall between the family room and kitchen opens the home from front to back. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • North River Road: A circular seating arrangement encourages conversation in this elegant setting. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • North River Road: The family room wall and roaring fire are the focal point in this room. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • North River Road: A seating area that mixes glamour with comfort in a room tucked into the front of the house. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • A fireplace in the foyer is one of the special features of this home. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Charm and character are not lacking within the architectural detailing of the house. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Colonel By: The gourmet kitchen overlooks a breathtaking backyard. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Coltrin: Artwork adds vibrancy to the neutral decor. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Coltin: Canadian artist Peter Hoffer's classic work is showcased in the living room. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Echo Drive: Sumptuous toss pillows on a built-in bench make a statement in the dining room. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Echo Drive: The gracious stairway calls for a grand garland. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Echo Drive: The kitchen is clean-lined yet tastefully decorated to blend in with the heritage of the home. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

The Homes for the Holidays tour supports The Hospice at May Court. Each year, six grand homes are decked in holiday merriment.

Ottawa At Home previewed each of the residences to get a feel for what makes them tour- worthy. Visit in mid-November to see the homes decorated for the holidays.


Drama, glamour and casual elegance all have a place in this fine home.

Just as you are wowed by the view of this Tudor-style home that overlooks the Ottawa River, you step inside to impressive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the back garden, which is also visible from the front of the home - thanks to clever architecture. Modern touches are found throughout, while overall the décor maintains the character and charm of its elegant era.


With its gorgeous, country-like setting, this property in the city is definitely worth a visit.

As a tribute to the worthwhile cause that the Homes for the Holidays tour supports, the Jewish owners of this gem of a property have opened their doors to showcase the décor of a holiday they don't celebrate! Their home, in the heart of Ottawa, overlooks the canal and lends itself to the finery of seasonal décor. A warm sentiment is felt in the entry with a fireplace greeting guests as they walk through the front door.


The German Embassy graciously opens their doors to 2500 guests in support of a local cause.

Sitting in the heart of Rockcliffe Village, the German embassy opens the doors to its grand residence. Designed and decorated for entertaining large groups, the open concept makes it ideal to host a tour. Seating areas are designed to encourage intimate conversation and cleverly laid-out groupings of sleek furniture were created for entertaining.


Thoughtful décor makes this home a showstopper.

Charm and warmth dictate the look of this tastefully decorated home. The talents of the homeowners are showcased from the minute you step inside their renovated Old Ottawa South home. The décor reflects the architecture and heritage beautifully, while also showcasing the personal tastes of a well-traveled couple.

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