As the longest-standing fundraiser in the National Capital Region, in support of Hospice Care Ottawa, the Homes for the Holidays tour kicks off the festive season over three days from November 15–17. In the tour’s eight beautifully decorated homes, Ottawa’s most prominent florists come together to wow visitors with the latest holiday décor.
» 124 Powell Avenue, The Glebe
This Younghusband designed home was built in 1917 on one of the Glebe’s most coveted streets. The original Arts and Crafts style architecture has been honoured with great attention to detail during two different renovations. Solid wood floors and stained-glass windows blend in with modern amenities that include a luxurious master suite, exercise room and an elevator to the second floor.
An outstanding feature of this grand home is the award-winning gardens that can be enjoyed from the cozy verandah, which is naturally fitted with comfy wicker furniture and a wooden swing.
Beaudry Flowers and Silk Greenhouse will be dressing this home for the tour.
« 8 Charles Jackson Avenue, Dows Lake
This home carries the prominence of sitting on what was once a lumber yard that was a part of John R. Booth’s empire. The Canadian lumber baron supplied the wood for the construction of the Parliament buildings, and his legacy is a significant part of Ottawa’s history.
Today, the Cape Cod style home retains the roots of its 1942 character, but renovated and updated with modern amenities. A cherished feature is its orientation with an east-facing kitchen and a dining room that enjoys western sunsets.
The home on Charles Jackson Ave, a street named for JR Booth’s son, will be decorated by Karen Grand and Scrim’s Florist.
» 555 Highland Ave, Westboro
This stunning, contemporary new build was designed by Alex Diaz of Art House Developments and Candace Sutcliffe, president of C.A. Paradis. While the entire main floor boasts an open concept, each section of space is beautifully decorated with entertaining in mind.
The award-winning kitchen is central to the overall sophisticated feeling of the home. Vibrant art work, vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall windows make this home a must-see. Trillium Floral Design will create the display for a home with lots of wow factor.
« 260 Park Road, Rockcliffe Park
Currently home to the Ambassador of Belgium, Johan Verkammen and his spouse Kathleen Billen, this stone and clapboard house has seen its share of illustrious residents including Graham Towers, the first Governor of the Bank of Canada.
Today, the décor reflects the well-travelled life of a diplomat. Rooms are filled with eclectic art from far-off lands including Senegal, Syria and Hong Kong. Upon entering the residence you’ll quickly become aware of the significance of Tintin, the globally recognized comic-strip character whose birthplace was Belgium.
The home will be decorated by The Stalk Market.
» 2022 Sharon Avenue, McKellar Heights
Attention to craftsmanship makes this home, designed by Terra Nova’s John Henry, a stand-out. The home was designed for entertaining, yet offers plenty of retreat space as well. Attention to detail is evident throughout, where a distinguished staircase is an impressive feature.
Up-to-date modifications have been made with a newly-added home office and lounge area. The home is fitted with current automation technology which can be controlled directly from a smartphone. Long-time Hospice Care Ottawa supporter, Flowers Talk Tivoli, will be creating the décor for the tour.
« 1085 Lena Avenue, Manotick
An inspiring transformation from a classic 80s style home to a current contemporary bungalow makes this home a showstopper. From the peaceful and private outdoor living space to the Zen-like vibe within, the custom bungalow carries an on-trend, tailored style.
The extensive renovations blend sleek style with comfort in a casual living space. Manotick’s Mill Street Florists will bring the holiday spirit into this beautiful home.
» 5793 Longhearth Way, Manotick
While this classic Georgian style home was built within the past ten years, it holds an air of tradition that honours its architectural design. The columned front portico sets the tone, and the dormered windows and classic red brick exterior pay tribute to authentic Georgian architecture.
The landscaping, by Eden Design enhances the authenticity with formal gardens that contribute to the air of sophistication. This home provides a quintessential backdrop for Terra Plants and Flowers to decorate for the holiday tour.
« 15 Carsdale Avenue, Rockcliffe Park
Referred to as Carsdale House, this home takes the honour of being the only house on the street. Designed by local architect Denis Kane, the home recently underwent a seven-year rebuilding process.
It is now beautifully fitted with over-sized windows to channel natural light on the combination of modern design with antique furnishings. The overall décor creates intrigue with a unique transitional feeling. Stoneblossom Floral Gallery will be adding the trimmings and decorative detail for this year’s tour.
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