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Sweeps of Colour a Backdrop to Art in Townhome

April 20, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON KING

This executive townhouse in Ottawa makes for the perfect canvas both inside and out.

Our Homes Ottawa Spring 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.44. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.

Call it Bayshore’s little secret. A little west of Fairfield Heights in Ottawa is a secluded cul-de-sac of executive townhomes. Ducks splash in the creek beside the enclave and landscaped flowerbeds make this a hidden gem. 
 
Four years ago a couple considering downsizing viewed an 1,800 sq. ft. townhouse in the Tamarack Homes-built neighbourhood of 28 units. What struck the art lovers first was the way light entered the home. Large windows facing the creek and a high ceiling on the main floor leant itself to a place to show off their art collection. 
 
Now, on all three floors of the home, prints, paintings and lithographs cover the walls. One of their most treasured pieces is a painting by Canadian figure skater Toller Cranston (1949-2015) purchased in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. But in the open concept of the main floor, which combines a great room, dining area, living room and galley kitchen, a Botero is displayed along one wall, a Miró on another, interspersed with sketches and portraits the owner created herself.
 
The first hint at what can be found in the home is at the front door, where a stained-glass sidelight has splashes of bright red. Even the walk-out basement offers ample light. On the southern wall towards the back of the space, Maxxmar shutters, purchased at Randall’s, provide relief from any harsh light when necessary. 
 
In the galley kitchen, the owners had a window installed over the kitchen sink by Manotick Windows & Doors. Oak cupboards were updated with a lacquer finish in a soothing grey-green that’s further enhanced by the custom backsplash created by local glass artist Delfina Falcão.
 
The owner often gardens in the shade gardens found outside. “The focus is on working with textures and combining the different shades of green in pleasing ways," she says of the shade gardens. “It’s good to do things in sweeps of colours. It works in landscape and nature, and that’s what I’ve tried to do inside my house, too.”

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