September 19, 2010

Glebe House Tour

rendering gnagYou know how sometimes you’re out walking the dog and you pass a house that catches your eye and you wonder what it looks like inside?? Well, today was the perfect opportunity to satisfy that curiosity — six houses in a neighbourhood just south of downtown Ottawa were open for the public to visit.

The Glebe House Tour featured six beautiful character-filled homes — a couple of traditional homes, a couple of contemporary homes, one new-but-looks old home, and one home that used to be a convenience store and is now a true work of art.

maureenInterior by Maureen Coates — Ottawa Magazine

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the homes, but I did find pictures online of some of them. So let’s start the tour… (Exterior pictures from

Classic Beauty

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This house is typical of many red brick houses house in the Glebe.  I really like the black porch and railing. And these pretty planters:


The main floor has been opened up, with the living room to your right when you enter and the dining room in front of you. The staircase up to the second floor is pretty narrow and steep, and then it gets even narrower and steeper going up to the third floor. (Kind of reminded me of the Belfort Tower in Bruges.) The third floor is sort of a mega-master suite, with a bedroom, bathroom, and dressing room. There’s also a nice skylight at the top of the stairs.

Entertain with Elegance

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Love the combination of stone and grey wood on the exterior of this home. And the hardwood floors inside are gorgeous. The two kid’s bedrooms are painted in bright colours, including the ceilings. (Interior pictures from Ottawa Citizen)

dows BR

The dining room also has a beautiful painted ceiling, as well as wallpaper and silk curtains.

dows DR

The kitchen island has a really unique countertop made from granite that came from a riverbed in Brazil. Not sure why they have three family rooms!!

dows FR

Painted Rocks

painted rocks gnag

As you can see, this is one of the contemporary homes on the tour. The interior is mostly white, with accent walls in some rooms. The kitchen has a fabulous red tile backsplash — large tiles (maybe 12” x 18”) in a horizontal stacked pattern. Really sharp with the dark maple cabinets. The home has dark oak floors throughout.

Engraved House

engraved house gnag

This was the most unusual house on the tour. When the current owners bought it, the building was a convenience store. It’s now the wife’s business on the main floor and the family’s home on the second floor. The owner, Christopher, told us a bit about the home’s unique exterior. He used this tool made from a bone to create all sorts of interesting carvings in the concrete. (Important note: Never ask a man if you can take a picture of his tool).


Here are some of Christopher’s carvings…

oconnor front door

The wood on this wall is from the original building. It adds wonderful history and character to the home.

oconnor birds

Even the driveway has carvings :-) The couple’s daughter is also quite artistic :-)

oconnor driveway

Back of the house. The whale carving represents water.

oconnor back of house

Love the river rocks between the wood walkway and the driveway:

oconnor river rocks

The horizontal wood slats are carried through from the house to the walkway to the fence…

oconnor garden

Christopher agreed to do an interview with me, so I’ll be writing more about this artistic and unique home soon. Stay tuned!!


renewal gnag

On Hallowe’en 2008, the house that was on this lot burned down. I’m sure it was devastating for the homeowners to lose their home and all their possessions, but luckily everyone escaped unharmed. And two years later, the family lives in this absolutely breathtaking contemporary home. I love the combination of exterior materials — steel, brick, and wood. And the front porch is great:

morris porch

Now let’s go inside!! (Pictures from Renewal on Morris Street)

This sitting are is to the left of the entry. Love the blue on the back of the shelving unit, the ladder, and the huge wall clock.

sitting room morris

The kitchen is in the center of the house. The backsplash is back-painted glass.

kitchen morris

The family room…

FR morris

Love the everything about the dining room!! The stone wall, the chandelier, the combination of the old table with the modern chairs…

DR morris

There’s a bar and small seating area at the back of the house. See the garage door to the left?? When it’s open, it creates a fantastic indoor/outdoor space — perfect for parties!!

garage morris

View from the back of the house to the front:

interior morris

The ensuite has one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. See the wood frame in the middle of the mirror?? That’s a window!! As someone pointed out, the large window to the left of the vanity doesn’t open, so this small window in the mirror allows fresh air into the room. Genius!!

ensuite morris

Love the bright colours in this girl’s bedroom…

morris kids 1

The TV room is at the top of the stairs. The rug in this room made my feet soooooo happy!! It’s amazingly soft & cushy — I want one!!

morris TV room

Downsizer’s Dream

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And finally, my favourite home on the tour — which just happens to belong to my friend, Maureen Coates :-) Maureen is an interior decorator here in Ottawa and her company is called Modecor. Her home was featured in the September issue of Ottawa Magazine.

I absolutely adore the coffered ceilings that Maureen designed for her dining room and living room. (Pictures from Modecor)

maureen LR

I love her mantel and the built-ins — simple and elegant.

maureen LR 2

How gorgeous is the wall colour in Maureen’s dining room??

maureen DR

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And Maureen’s beautiful kitchen…

maureen kitchen maureen kitchen 2

And that’s the Glebe Home Tour. Hope you enjoyed the virtual visit!! If you live in Ottawa, I highly recommend checking out next year’s tour.



  1. Wow - what a great collection of houses! Thanks for the tour. Can't believe those carvings!

  2. Thanks for the tour Kelly! wish I was with you in person. sorry I missed it.

  3. Great tour Kelly. Thanks for sharing.

  4. wow! such pretty interiors! -- just this weekend we took a walk to enjoy the weather and saw some amazing backyards (backing onto the ravine) but this one house stood out from the rest - i want to see more!!! some bling was sparkling from within the kitchen - oh my!

  5. The conversion of that convenience store is a true work of art! What an incredible transformation!

  6. I wish I could walk my dog passed those houses - what a tour - I loved them all but I think the Downsizers Dream has my name written all over it - but a dream it will have to remain, sadly !!!!

  7. Great post Kelly - it's exactly as I remember it (from yesterday - hehehe). I am suffering extreme house-envy today. Although I must say I did come home with several ideas for my own spaces - like the colour in Maureen's dining room :)! Oh honey .....

  8. How fun! I think your favorite is mine as well! Cool carvings on that house!

  9. So many wonderful features I could write paragraphs listing my favorites but Maureen's house is definitely at the top and I have always wanted to live in a brick house like the 1st one shown. And what a cool painting idea behind the tv in the Renewal home. Great tour, thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks!

    Jane T.

  10. Ooh, this is a lovely post Kelly, so fun to see all of these different styles. I want those dining chairs from the Elegance home!! And I love that giant wall clock too :)


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