Capital inspirationPublished on September 11, 2007

  • Kristin Harold

"Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did." ó H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

As the fall season unfolds, I can't help but feel inspired by all the changes going on around me. First there's the rainbow selection of back-to-school supplies lining the store shelves. My current favourites in the Crayola box are jazzberry jam and wild blue wonder. Then there's nature's awe-inspiring display as the trees turn to shades of golden yellow, ruby red and bright orange all across the Gatineau hills.

In this issue of Ottawa At Home, we talk to some of the city's most creative residents and find out what inspires them.

For Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg, motivation comes from the changing world around her. We learn about her life, loves and latest project - a new book that will raise awareness about global warming and feature her stunning nature photography.

Like Michelle, Kevin Mathieson has found his true calling, but his craft involves mounds of flour. Our own Ottawa foodie, Paula Roy, tracks down the city's premier breadmaker and finds out why customers can't get enough of his mouth-watering bread.

In this issue, we've also compiled a list of Fab Finds that will inspire you to try something new - whether it's the latest in barely-worn designer duds at HUSH, a new store for tea lovers, or the city's best place to find fresh oysters. We also take a tour of Ottawa's favourite sandwich shops. You may decide to never go back to peanut butter and jam.

But if you fondly recall the days when mothers and grandmothers bottled jams and jelly, then you'll be pleased to know food preservation is making a comeback. In "Homemade Goodness", we find out why Ottawa residents are motivated to preserve homegrown fruits and veggies, along with three zesty recipes and easy how-to hints.

Another way to make a difference at home is by spicing up your walls. Writer Brynna Leslie showcases three unique home décor options that will make your neighbours green with envy.

We also take a tour of Penny Southam's 95-year-old home in Hintonburg. Discover how the interior designer has preserved its arts and crafts styling, but added a twist with the warm contemporary touches she's known for.

I hope this issue gives you inspiration to try a bold new spice, investigate a unique way to decorate your home or give back to your community. The fall season is the perfect time to put your creativity to the test and add a little colour to your life.

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