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They are “sexy and delicious” says Southam Design owner Penny Southam. But until this year, Italy’s Scavolini, known best for its ultra-cool contemporary kitchen cabinetry and furniture, had Canadian showrooms only in Montreal and Toronto. Thanks to Southam, we can add Ottawa to that exclusive list. When the interior designer got the contract from Scavolini in 2008, she immediately set about finding a showroom space that would showcase the brand to best advantage. “I wanted a raw and loft-like space,” says Southam, who found a 100-yearold building on Gladstone Avenue and immediately set about gutting it and installing six sleek kitchens. The modern displays are now juxtaposed beautifully against the original hardwood floors and rough wooden columns that define the space. Front-room man Denis Villeneuve, who guides shoppers through the spacious retail space.

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DESiGN ARTiCLES

Penny Southam has written many design articles in her career. She has had a regular column in the Ottawa Citizen, and has been a contributing writer in magazines such as Style At Home and Ottawa Interiors. She has also had many articles written about her designs, below are some of the articles written about and by Penny.

 

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OTTAWA INTERIORS sets out on a mission to inspire would-be renovators around the city, visiting six unique kitchens and bathrooms and bringing back the goods on where the homeowners got their great ideas - and where they found the talent, companies and products to make it all come together.

When the main bathroom is under seventy-five square feet, you have to get creative with space-and that's just
what interior designer Penny Southam set out to do when she renovated her family's bathroom. "It had the original fixtures from about a hundred years ago," she says with a laugh. "And I thought, I design beautiful spaces every day for others. It's time I designed one for myself".

Her plan called for lots of storage to hide the "toys and stuff' that come with sharing a bathroom with a toddler.

Take a close look at the space behind the bathtub: along with the storage built in below the vanity and under the main counter, Southam designed a five-foot run of cabinetry that continues up the wall, perpendicular to the tub.

bathroom2Another special feature is the pullout step at the base of the vanity, built to allow a toddler to reach the sink. Of course, the biggest "wow" factor is the artwork that dominates the room. Southam commissioned the piece from Delfina Falcao. "I said, 'Create whatever you want.' And she did. She's just brilliant."

Design: Penny Southam, ARIDO, IDC
Contractor: Crawford Classics
Bathtub: Bain Ultra, from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Bathtub faucet: SuperGrif by Tangent, from Astro Design Centre
Handheld shower and bar: Grohe. from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Tile: Asia Madras tile, from Tile Centre
Custom millwork: Figured Anigrie veneer, from Ebenisterie Classique (Montreal)

Custom door hardware: DK6, from Wahzoh Studio
Counter: Honed Cambrian black gr from Emerald Tile
Vessel sink: Hugo, from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Sink faucet: Cabano Tebisa single from Westend Bath & Kitchen Centre
Accessories: Selection 25. from Astro Design Centre
Custom glass artwork: Delfina Falcao Design


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Comforts of home: Ottawa designers donate time and talent to transform a tired AIDS hospice into a cosy, bright refuge

Karen Turner
The Ottawa Citizen - October 15, 2005

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CREDIT: Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen

The hub of Bruce House, the kitchen, combines the old-style charm of grandma's kitchen with the sleek, modern convenience of stainless-steel appliances.

It's crunch time for nine Ottawa interior design firms as they scramble to hang drapes, arrange furniture and fluff pillows in time for next weekend's Designer Showcase at the newly renovated Bruce House.

The red brick hospice at 461 Evered Ave. has undergone an extensive makeover since March by teams of hard-working volunteers who pooled their talents, donated their time and tapped into the generosity of their suppliers and clients to help turn the rundown two-storey into a comfortable and functional home for people living with AIDS and HIV.

The former five-bedroom was gutted this spring and expanded to include two extra bedrooms on the main level, a large country kitchen with antique cream cabinets, and a living room with spicy red sofas centred on a new gas fireplace.

Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the public will get a rare opportunity to tour the first floor of the Westboro facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and see firsthand its dramatic transformation.

"All of the designers are leading with their hearts," said Craig Hinman during a sneak peek last week of the remodelled rooms, where workers were busy painting walls, sanding trim and installing kitchen tile in a rush against the clock to complete the house for next weekend's fundraiser.

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CREDIT: Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen

Gold and white leaves blow across a blue-grey sky on the ceiling of the fanciful dining room.

"Every bit of this is a donation. It's just incredible," said Mr. Hinman, co-ordinator of special events at Bruce House, which provides residents with 24-hour health care, counselling and emotional support.

Ernst Hupel, co-owner of 2H Interior Design, was the first to jump on board when Martha Scott, the mastermind behind the showcase, approached him last fall. Five phone calls later, the development consultant for Bruce House had all the design power she needed to turn her makeover dream into a reality.

"The response for this project was fantastic," says the fundraising dynamo, who saw the designer showcase as not only a chance to boost Bruce House's comfort level with high-end custom finishes, but to raise its community profile after 12 years of operating in anonymity.

Though the federal government poured about $450,000 into the renovation, another $105,000 had to be raised to cover expenses. The final tally will reach nearly $725,000, Ms. Scott says, thanks to the generous donations made by the designers and their 80-plus suppliers.

With its beadboard cabinets, honed granite counters and stainless-steel appliances and backsplash, the kitchen alone cost about $90,000.

"The kitchen was the hardest to expedite," says Mr. Hupel, who teamed up with Astro Design Centre, Universal Appliances and master carpenter Alfred Gruber to create an old-fashioned kitchen that blends with the vintage style of the house. "It took the most budget and the most begging, pleading and stealing."

Since the kitchen is the hub of the house, 2H designed a multi-purpose space with a built-in banquette by the window for lounging over coffee and a large centre island for preparing food.

"We wanted it to feel very comfortable, to feel very family. It's the heart of the house and everything else radiates from it, so we wanted it to feel like a warm blanket on a cold night," Mr. Hupel says.

Comforts of home: Ottawa designers donate time and talent to transform a tired AIDS hospice into a cosy, bright refuge.

Griffin Kennedy Interiors, which tackled the two palliative care bedrooms, led with their emotions, designing spaces that would comfort someone

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CREDIT: Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen

A padded headboard and luxe linens hide the hard edges of the hospital bed in one of the new palliative care bedrooms.

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CREDIT: Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen

A shapely mirror offers a glimpse into the cosy red and taupe living room.

who is ill and away from home.

"I asked myself, 'What kind of environment do I want to be in when I'm cold and sick?'" explains interior decorator Colleen Strban, who chose an English-style decor for her room, adding hits of rich red and chocolate and dark wood furniture. "I like warmth when I have the flu. It's what makes me feel good."

Across the hall, her boss Susan Kennedy took a more contemporary and fresh approach, splashing soft green on the walls and dressing the bay window with breezy floor-to-ceiling curtains in a subtle floral pattern.

"It's a room that stresses tranquillity," says Ms. Kennedy. "It's quiet in colour and streamlined without being too modern."

Both rooms include comfortable reading chairs, large area rugs and wooden headboards to hide the hard edges of the hospital beds.

All of the finishes had to be durable and easy to clean, but special efforts were made to keep the rooms from looking cold and institutional.

In Michael Courdin's contemporary living room, an oversized ottoman upholstered in cork fabric doubles as a coffee table and comfy footrest in front of the fireplace. Stylish and functional, it can be easily wiped clean if drinks get spilled or dirty shoes leave marks.

 

Down the hall, Penny Southam of Southam Design combined accessibility with chic spa flair in the new bathroom.

The room is both practical and edgy, with durable tiles running across the floor, a sleek bank of black storage cabinets and a funky concrete vanity.

And in a house that's focused on such a serious illness, designers Richard Newbury and Gerhard Linse insisted on having some fun.

Mr. Newbury, who co-owns Creative Friction, which specializes in commercial design, recruited decorative artists Dana Wardrop and Peter Langlois to paint a whimsical mural on the dining room ceiling.

"It's a celestial, out-of-worldly thing," says Mr. Newbury of the gold and white leaves blowing across a blue-grey sky above the table. "It's a happy touch on the ceiling with a lovely refreshing quality to it."

Mr. Linse, who signed on to redesign the activity room, front foyer and walk-in pantry, added wide mouldings and ceiling details to mirror the home's original trim. In the activity room, he wrapped one corner with a built-in games table and opened up the closet to make room for a treadmill.

"We wanted to have a little fun with it," says Mr. Linse of the small, sunny room off the front porch. "The overriding concern was to treat it like a house and not like an institution. We wanted to provide a warm, comforting environment."

Bruce House provides supportive housing and compassionate care to people living with HIV and aids in Ottawa. With a high demand for beds, a grant was received to add a large addition to the Evered residence.

In order to complete the project, seven design firms were asked to participate in the Bruce House Designer Showcase. Each of the honored Design Firms was given a room in the home to design and build.

All design, fixtures, fittings, finishes and materials were donated by our firm, our suppliers and craftspeople.

The bathroom needed to be barrier free and was to be used by a number of residents. These were the only requirements given to us by our Client – Bruce House. Our goal was to create an elegant, soothing barrier free design that the residents could enjoy for many years to come.

The vanity consists of a slab of tinted, polished concrete that is cantilevered over a mosaic base. The mosaic tile is extended wall to wall above the vanity where a large mirror floats overtop supported by chrome standoffs. The large square vessel sink centered on the concrete counter completes the vanity design.

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Adjacent to the vanity - 3 tall cabinets, used for storage, also make a very strong statement. To minimize off-gasing, we constructed the cabinets from strawboard and finished them in a very dark stain sealed with a clear lacquer. Each cabinet has 2 – 3x3 squares cut into the doors and when backlit, add a dramatic detail.

The walls are faux finished using two different techniques and two contrasting colors – again to create a subtle visual statement.
A beautiful detail that adds to the elegance of the design is the addition of 3 – 12x42 custom glass pieces of art. The glass, like the mirror, floats in front of the wall and is supported by chrome standoffs.

The playful shower curtain although only a small detail brings the color palette together and adds to the completeness of the overall design.

Thank you to my contributors: Astro, Emerald Tile, The Carriage House, Flynn Design, Decorative Plaster & Finishes, Versace Stoneworks, The Healthiest Home, European Glass, Living Lighting, Pinkney Construction Group and Defina Falcao Design.

 

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After their 80-year old clapboard style farmhouse burned down in a tragic fire, this couple wanted to have a new home built on the lot where their old house once stood but they desired a completely different look.

"We lost all of our photographs, furniture, and family heirlooms in the fire, and it was devastating," the homeowners said. "When it came time to rebuild, rather than try and recreate our old home, we thought we'd go with something totally different, to kind of give us a fresh start." They thought a contemporary-style home would do just that.

The couple sought the advice of interior designer, Penny Southam, owner of Southam Design Inc., a design firm based in Ottawa, Ontario. With Southam's professional advice, they designed and built a home that was contemporary and modern, yet still very warm and inviting.

"Most of the homes on our street are more traditional," the homeowners said. "We wanted something that would be a little less conventional, something that would stand out and not just be another "cookie cutter" type of house."

It was important to the couple to keep the design open, simple, and clean-lined. He is an accountant and she is a patent attorney, and both of them spend long days at the office. "We wanted a calm, uncluttered environment we could come home to and unwind after a hectic day at work," the couple said. They also thought an open floor plan would be ideal for their two sons, ages 3 and 5, to give them more room to run around and play.cozy2

The home Southam designed for them was two-stories, with approximately 2,400 square feet of living space. On the first floor is the kitchen, family room, dining room, and living room. The master bedroom suite, two additional bedrooms, and a laundry room is on the second floor.

The two focal points on the house's first floor is a large, open staircase, and a free-standing central wall that dissects the main floor into four different rooms. "The challenge was to separate the family room, dining room and kitchen in a non-imposing, creative manner," Southam said. "It was vital that the open concept of the ground floor be maintained while at the same time creating visual barriers." Her solution was to create a unique, curved partition in the center of the home, to separate the dining room, living room and family room from the kitchen.

The central wall is visually a focal point in the house from any vantage point, but it's also functional. The house's mechanical and electrical wiring are contained within this wall, and there's also a number of built-ins.

On the kitchen side of the central wall is a built-in cushioned-sofa, storage cabinets underneath the sofa and a large pantry, and on the other side-in the dining room-are additional built-in storage cabinets. "The whole family tends to gather in the kitchen at the end of the day, and we thought the sofa would be a great place where everyone could sit and be comfortable," the homeowners said.

The kitchen also features a lowered, table-height eating bar. This was designed with the couple's children in mind. "We wanted the eating bar to be low enough that we could use standard-sized chairs there, rather than the more typical barstools that you would use with the higher eating bars," the homeowners said. "Our children are still young and we figured that if they were sitting on regular sized chairs that were closer to the floor, they wouldn't have too far to fall if they fell off."

cozy3To create extra visual appeal, Southam created 15 by 15 inch square openings, or punch-outs, that are recessed into the central wall at various points. This adds to the open feel of the home, but each of these openings creates a place where the homeowners can display vases of flowers, sculptures or other types of artwork.
Of course, sometimes a little less openness is desired, and for those situations Southam designed two barn doors for behind the central wall at the back of the family room, to separate the family room from the rest of the house's main floor. "If the couple has overnight guests, they can stay in the family room and be able to close these doors and have some privacy," Southam said. "When their children get older, the couple will be able to close off the family room when they're entertaining and let the kids watch television in there, while the adults socialize in the other part of the house."
Natural-colored flooring, walls, cabinets, furniture and accessories were used throughout the home, to give it more of a warm, inviting feel. "Contemporary homes do not have to be cold and uninviting," Southam stressed. "They can be very warm and cozy. You just need to use materials that reflect the warmth, for instance the warm wood types and wood finishes, and a warm color scheme."

The central wall and the exterior wall that goes up the stairs in the interior are both of a orangeish-pumpkin colored brick, and this same color was used as an accent throughout the house. The cabinetry in the kitchen and dining rooms cozy4are a light-colored wood veneer, and the floors are natural cherry wood flooring-all of which pick up on the orange tone in the brick wall. Even the outside of the house has a creamy gold-colored stucco, which is in the same color grouping as the orangeish-brick walls.
Put it all together and you have an ideal home design for a busy, two-career family. "On a lot of days our children will just run in circles around that central wall on the first floor and they really burn up a lot of excess energy that way," the homeowners said. "Also, we can be in just about any location on the first floor and watch and supervise the kids wherever they're playing."
From the parents' perspective, the warmth and openness of their home provides them with a much-needed sense of peace and relaxation. "If you walk into a room and it's really cluttered and there's things everywhere, it can make you feel anxious; you get that feeling like ~.ou have to go and clean up," the homeowners said. "But with this home, being uncluttered and simple and warm, when we come home from a busy. day at work, we can sit down, relax and unwind because we don't have all that clutter to deal with. We get this sense of calm, and the hectic-ness of the world outside just kind of drifts away".

 

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After their 80-year old clapboard style farmhouse burned down in a tragic fire, this couple wanted to have a new home built on the lot where their old house once stood but they desired a completely different look

"We lost all of our photographs, furniture, and family heirlooms in the fire, and it was devastating," the homeowners said. "When it came time to rebuild, rather than try and recreate our old home, we thought we'd go with something totally different, to kind of give us a fresh start." They thought a contemporary-style home would do just that.

The couple sought the advice of interior designer, Penny Southam, owner of Southam Design Inc., a design firm based in Ottawa, Ontario. With Southam's professional advice, they designed and built a home that was contemporary and modern, yet still very warm and inviting.

"Most of the homes on our street are more traditional," the homeowners said. "We wanted something that would be a little less conventional, something that would stand out and not just be another "cookie cutter" type of house."

It was important to the couple to keep the design open, simple, and clean-lined. He is an accountant and she is a patent attorney, and both of them spend long days at the office. "We wanted a calm, uncluttered environment we could come home to and unwind after a hectic day at work," the couple said. They also thought an open floor plan would be ideal for their two sons, ages 3 and 5, to give them more room to run around and play.

The home Southam designed for them was two-stories, with approximately 2,400 square feet of living space. On the first floor is the kitchen, family room, dining room, and living room. The master bedroom suite, two additional bedrooms, and a laundry room is on the second floor.

The two focal points on the house's first floor is a large, open staircase, and a free-standing central wall that dissects the main floor into four different rooms. "The challenge was to separate the family room, dining room and kitchen in a non-imposing, creative manner," Southam said. "It was vital that the open concept of the ground floor be maintained while at the same time creating visual barriers." Her solution was to create a unique, curved partition in the center of the home, to separate the dining room, living room and family room from the kitchen.

The central wall is visually a focal point in the house from any vantage point, but it's also functional. The house's mechanical and electrical wiring are contained within this wall, and there's also a number of built-ins.

On the kitchen side of the central wall is a built-in cushioned-sofa, storage cabinets underneath the sofa and a large pantry, and on the other side-in the dining room-are additional built-in storage cabinets. "The whole family tends to gather in the kitchen at the end of the day, and we thought the sofa would be a great place where everyone could sit and be comfortable," the homeowners said.

The kitchen also features a lowered, table-height eating bar. This was designed with the couple's children in mind. "We wanted the eating bar to be low enough that we could use standard-sized chairs there, rather than the more typical barstools that you would use with the higher eating bars," the homeowners said. "Our children are still young and we figured that if they were sitting on regular sized chairs that were closer to the floor, they wouldn't have too far to fall if they fell off."

To create extra visual appeal, Southam created 15 by 15 inch square openings, or punch-outs, that are recessed into the central wall at various points. This adds to the open feel of the home, but each of these openings creates a place where the homeowners can display vases of flowers, sculptures or other types of artwork.

Of course, sometimes a little less openness is desired, and for those situations Southam designed two barn doors for behind the central wall at the back of the family room, to separate the family room from the rest of the house's main floor. "If the couple has overnight guests, they can stay in the family room and be able to close these doors and have some privacy," Southam said. "When their children get older, the couple will be able to close off the family room when they're entertaining and let the kids watch television in there, while the adults socialize in the other part of the house."

Natural-colored flooring, walls, cabinets, furniture and accessories were used throughout the home, to give it more of a warm, inviting feel. "Contemporary homes do not have to be cold and uninviting," Southam stressed. "They can be very warm and cozy. You just need to use materials that reflect the warmth, for instance the warm wood types and wood finishes, and a warm color scheme."

The central wall and the exterior wall that goes up the stairs in the interior are both of a orangeish-pumpkin colored brick, and this same color was used as an accent throughout the house. The cabinetry in the kitchen and dining rooms are a light-colored wood veneer, and the floors are natural cherry wood flooring-all of which pick up on the orange tone in the brick wall. Even the outside of the house has a creamy gold-colored stucco, which is in the same color grouping as the orangeish-brick walls.

Put it all together and you have an ideal home design for a busy, two-career family. "On a lot of days our children will just run in circles around that central wall on the first floor and they really burn up a lot of excess energy that way," the homeowners said. "Also, we can be in just about any location on the first floor and watch and supervise the kids wherever they're playing."

From the parents' perspective, the warmth and openness of their home provides them with a much-needed sense of peace and relaxation. "If you walk into a room and it's really cluttered and there's things ever~.where, it can make you feel anxious; you get that feeling like ~.ou have to go and clean up," the homeowners said. "But with this home, being uncluttered and simple and warm, when we come home from a bus~. da~. at work, we can sit down, relax and unwind because we don't have all that clutter to deal with. We get this sense of calm, and the hectic-ness of the world outside just kind of drifts away.".

 

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