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The Past is Grand in this Glebe Transformation

January 17, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON KING

Combining the past and with the present creates timeless design in Ottawa.

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.252. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.
The bright smile from homeowner Denise Carruthers reflects the exact style of this Glebe home: warm and welcoming. Denise’s home is unmistakably built for her family: husband Dan, 13-year-old daughter Kaylah and friendly corgi Keilidh.
 
Designer Luc Crawford of Luc Crawford Design Inc. took this home, originally built in the early 1900s, to the next level of style and design, quite literally. The family opted to renovate the loft, which was previously used as a storage space, and create a stunning master bedroom. It’s now a haven for the couple, complete with a fireplace, walk-in closet and a bathroom that Denise assures is blissful in the afternoon sun “if you ever get the chance to enjoy a bath at that time of day.”
 
The Carruthers’ home combines warm and bright elements beautifully with a mix of dark and light tones. Skylights beam daylight into each room, lifting the tones from the interior décor.
 
“My largest challenge was to accommodate and integrate beautiful original antique pieces that belonged to the family’s ancestors,” says Luc, like a dining table brought over to Canada from Edinburgh by Dan’s great-grandfather when he came from Scotland to work on the railroad.
 
The kitchen has glass doors on the small cabinets near the entranceway to showcase china. The large island has comfortable high-back chairs. The herringbone flooring creates clean lines while the pattern adds depth and character. The kitchen also has an eat-in dining area that flows into the family room.
 
For their 20th anniversary, Denise surprised her husband with a man cave off of the garage, complete with Beau’s keg. Storage is concealed behind dark panel walls.
 
Many features of the house are original, including the crown moulding, baseboards and refinished pocket doors. The home also has a wealth of interesting, unique and special artwork, featuring local artists Christopher Griffin, Andrew King, Catherine Jeans, Shannon Craig, Philip Craig and David Lidbetter.

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