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Pretty Pied-à-Terre in Westboro has Presence

February 13, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON KING

See what happens when industrial grit meets soft interior elements.

Our Homes Ottawa Fall 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2018/2019 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.32. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.
This pleasingly tranquil Westboro condo breezes with softness and calm. The current homeowner’s design decisions were almost reactionary to the gritty industrial appearance that the soft loft-style condo had under the tenure of the previous homeowner: concrete ceilings, lots of grey, exposed ductwork and undeniably hard edges in the design. “I liked the industrial look because of the drama and visual interest, but it was cold,” says the homeowner. 
 
With the help of Amsted Design-Build, she did major renovations, finishing the walls predominantly with Benjamin Moore Super White, save for in the master bedroom and splashes of colour with accessories and furniture. Throughout her condo, you’ll see moulding from the House of Fine Carpentry and rounded edges. Drop ceilings were installed to cover exposed wiring, and ductwork was painted white, as have the concrete ceilings. Small shelves serve as makeshift galleries to display objets d’art and infuse the home with colour.
 
The homeowner placed 100-inch french doors with snazzy hardware throughout her home, displaying a decidedly Parisian influence.
 
 
The homeowner placed stunning light fixtures from The Electrical & Plumbing Store to complement each other and direct the eye. In the living room, the fireplace is cosy and chic, again leveraging the contrast that white provides, set against slate tile.
 
The master bedroom is separate from the rest of the home, both literally and from a design standpoint. The soft white that characterizes the rest of the home plays a supporting role here, with a textured feature wall set against walls brushed with Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue and accessories.
 

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