"HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW TO BE USEFUL, OR BELIEVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL."- William MorrisPublished on September 23, 2015

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  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

With the fall home and design issue, we work towards inspiring readers to tackle home décor and renovation projects with a sense of confidence. We aspire to inform you on the latest design trends with useful tips and advice from some leading local experts.

As a decorator I have doled out my share of advice over the years, but none resonate more than the sentiments of textile designer William Morris. His words of wisdom are words to live by in the world of style. I believe strongly in a sense of self and know that true style is born through living authentically in the comforts of what makes you feel good. 

Whether it's your clothing choices or home décor decisions, it's important to develop your own sense of style based on an appreciation of what makes you happy and comfortable in your surroundings. Think about what gadgets and accessories are useful to you, which furnishings and trappings define the essence of beauty for you.  

The pages of this issue are filled with homes inhabited by people who have found their personal style and create environments that have come together so beautifully that they can stir up envious admirations. Even our associate editor Jane Whiting found herself with a touch of home envy as she stepped into a revamped condo overlooking the canal and left a little disappointed that the owner was unlikely to sell and move out for a very long time!

Food editor Paula Roy always takes joy in visiting the homes of talented foodies, and the time she spent with Robert Palarchio was inspiring as his passion for cooking and entertaining is infectious. His recent kitchen renovation was designed with two cooks in mind and packs a lot of culinary "wows" into a relatively small space, 

Style evolves from a passion for doing what you love. The Ottawa At Home team is passionate about bringing our readers the best of what the capital has to offer in the world of style, décor and food. We always share just what we know to be useful and, with thanks to the keen eye of photographer Mark Holleron and creative director Tanya Connolly-Holmes, we only choose the images we believe to be beautiful, because that's our style. 

Authentically yours, 

Mary




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