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Building an Equestrian Estate from the Ground Up

October 19, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON KING

An Ottawa equestrian estate gets the jump on creative design.

Our Homes Ottawa Fall 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.72. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.
After picking up a 25-acre parcel of land in the Osgoode area, and soon after the adjoining 25 acres, Leigh Currie of Urban Design Company designed and created an equestrian estate for her family. A series of barns, outbuildings, sand rings and paddocks now accompany the fully-landscaped 5,000 sq. ft. home that’s the centrepiece of the estate.
 
Lush landscaping leads to an oversize solid walnut front door that reveals a spacious foyer. Leigh designed the door herself, which was crafted by Amberwood Doors Inc.
 
Inside, with an upscale yet welcoming ambience, the home contains six bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. An open concept was an important design consideration.
 
In the kitchen, she started off with an oversize Calacatta marble slab on the island. Crowned by a black and stainless hood vent, a Wolf dual oven range holds centre court amid the Caesarstone countertop running the perimeter of this area. 
 
A large mudroom with perimeter bench seating and a ceramic tiled dog shower (all tile throughout the home is by Dominic Flynn of Urban Design Company).
 
The home throughout is decorated with artwork, unique accessories and décor from Leigh’s store. Surprisingly, there are no horseshoe door knobs, no horse blanket throws, no signs of equestrian motifs of any kind here. “I know what this is and where I am,” laughs Leigh. “All I have to do is look out the window to know this is an equestrian estate, I don’t need any horseshoes on the walls.”
 
The only exception can be found in the form of an equestrian print, upstairs in the master bedroom where a sanctuary has been created for Leigh and Dominic. Spacious, light-filled from the many windows and dressed in calm and neutral colours, it’s the perfect getaway. 

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