Going Strong Published on April 22, 2019


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Mod Fretwork, hand-dip dye, silk velvet down and feather pillow; $435, Cadieux Interiors
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Treasure & Bond raw silk pillow; $82, Nordstrom
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Flora Embroidered Pillow; $69, LD Shoppe
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

This year marks my 10th year as editor-in-chief of Ottawa At Home magazine. Yes, time flies. Ten years ago, the print media business was in a bit of a flux and its lasting appeal was under speculation. But, here we are, alive and well!

When I first came on board I had limited experience and in fact had to google what an editor-in-chief did just before I headed to the job interview! Now, I own the magazine and function as its publisher as well. Yes, I also googled “what does a publisher do?” before I went ahead and bought the publication…

But, here is what Google didn’t have to tell me—success follows those who have a passion for their jobs, believe in the work they do and surround themselves with good people.

One of the more astounding factors, aside from our success in the turbulent world of media, is that many of our original team remain intact. Our associate editor Jane Whiting celebrates ten years with me. Our food editor Paula Roy has been with the magazine longer than I have, along with our photographer Mark Holleron. The magazine itself is going into its 15th year of production.

Jennifer Tackaberry, our sales representative has been on board for over nine years, and many of our writers and contributors have been with Ottawa At Home for just as long. The dedication of the talented team behind creating Ottawa’s leading lifestyle and décor publication impresses me. I am also grateful for the injection of new contributors to help keep the magazine fresh and cutting edge.

This is our Renovation issue. Inside you will find features that look at different home projects that generate up-to-date style, and you’ll meet a variety of experts who do what they love, oh so well!

At Ottawa At Home we are always evolving. So, while a renovation might not be happening within our organization, we certainly embrace everything it takes to be a current, high-quality print magazine that keeps building with all the right materials to stand the test of time.


“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” —Rumi

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  • Mod Fretwork, hand-dip dye, silk velvet down and feather pillow; $435, Cadieux Interiors
  • Treasure & Bond raw silk pillow; $82, Nordstrom
  • Flora Embroidered Pillow; $69, LD Shoppe

Mary Taggart

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