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April 09, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN BELANGER

Spring 2019 // Learn how area businesses are putting spring into their step at home and work.

Our Homes Ottawa Spring 2019A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.64. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.
After winter hibernation, it’s time to tackle your home projects. Here’s how these Ottawa-area businesses embrace the season and put a little extra spring in their step.
DIANA FULLER
 
The Carp Cabin offers a unique retail experience nestled in picturesque Carp. They offer a number of well-known brands and are proud to feature items from local artisans. They have a wide variety of gifts and unique home décor for your home or cottage, along with an eclectic collection of treasures that make every visit different and rewarding.
 
AT WORK
What’s Popular: Rustic décor is trending. It’s all about bringing the outside in. Design Philosophy: Use what you have. Think of different ways to reuse, repaint or repurpose items. Inspiration: I opened the store to offer those special, hard-to-find items for the home. Goals: Offer high-quality and a wide variety of products. It’s even better if they are eco-friendly.
 
AT HOME
Spring Cleaning Tips: Vinegar and water and lavender to clean. Natural alpaca dryer balls for laundry. Spring Activity: The Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings in Carp Village. Favourite Restaurant: Alice’s, The Juke Joint, Ridge Rock Brewery and Carp Creamery.

DONNA WARWICK WITH LOLA
 
The Avant Gardeners provide garden design and installations, garden rejuvenations of existing gardens and quality garden maintenance. They specialize in landscaping smaller spaces and are involved in every aspect of the project right from the design to execution. Dealing with The Avant Gardeners is like shopping in a boutique as opposed to a big box store.
 
AT WORK
Current Project: Finishing details on several custom garden designs to install soon. Design Philosophy: I love to incorporate rocks and wood pieces like stumps and driftwood. Inspiration: Living in the country and observing a diversity of foliage and texture and how they blend together. Goals: Continue to generate inspired, creative designs and maintain high quality standards.
 
AT HOME
Spring Tips: Have some patience. Some plants are slow to emerge in the spring. Spring Activity: Even though I know better, I enjoy buying plants as soon as they are available at the garden centres. Favourite Meal: The blind sharing menu at Next in Stittsville.

 
MOSTAFA GHAFARI
 
Blackstone Granite is a major importer and distributor of quartz and natural stone countertops. With an expansive showroom on premises and access to high-quality and beautiful products, they offer customers a unique environment to envision and execute their home design dreams.
 
AT WORK
What’s Trending: Crisp white quartz with large grey veining. Design Philosophy: Pick a focal point or detail and let everything else complement it. Inspiration: The largest room in the world is the room for self-improvement. Goals: Bringing our clients’ vision to reality.
 
AT HOME
Spring Cleaning Tips: Always have good music playing and it will never feel like a chore again. Spring Activity: The Tulip Festival! Favourite Restaurant: Absinthe.

LUCIE MELOCHE
 
Total Refresh Home Staging brings your home from “Now to Wow.” They focus on educating clients on the fundamentals of selling smarter, more quickly and for more money, getting top results over the competition. Staged homes help potential buyers envision themselves living there the moment they walk in.
 
AT WORK
Current Project: Educating consumers on the benefits of staging. Design Philosophy: Maximize the potential of living spaces. Inspiration: Listening to people’s life stories and their next adventure. Goals: To work with homeowners in the market to stage, style and sell their homes.
 
AT HOME
Spring Cleaning Tips: Duct cleaning improves indoor air quality. Dryer duct cleaning keeps your home safer by reducing the risk of fire. Spring Activity: Visiting a sugar bush to indulge in homemade maple taffy and visiting the Tulip Festival. Favourite Restaurant: The Cheshire Cat in Carp.

 
LEIGH CURRIE & DOMINIC FLYNN
 
Urban Design Company is a stylish, unique shop with a curated collection of home goods and lifestyle items in quaint Manotick Village, just 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Perfect for those finishing touches in your home or for picking up a truly unique but stylish gift, Urban Design Company has what you need.
 
AT WORK
What’s Trending: We opt for more timeless finishing choices but bring in trendy items that act as great accents. Design Philosophy: Luxe Casual. Inspiration: Natural elements: Wood, stone and water paired with soft, natural fabrics and glass. Goals: To be able to renovate our own projects and breathe new life and style into existing homes.
 
AT HOME
Spring Cleaning Tips: Declutter. Spring Activity: Open houses! Favourite Restaurants: Supply and Demand, Union Local 613 and the Black Dog Bistro.

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