A Diplomat's Residence in the heart of The Glebe in Ottawa


When their 13 year old daughter first saw their new 100 year old house she thought “Great, I’m going to live in the ugliest house in the Glebe!” Joanne and John are world travellers and love to entertain but their house just wasn’t accommodating their innate elegance and graciousness.



With a careful eye to thoughtfully designed custom millwork to tie this Victorian home together we added a custom white oak wall unit that stretches the full length of their living room. It provides ample storage and an elegant opportunity to show off their many treasures collected around the world. The millworks design elements are mirrored in their fabulous new American Walnut kitchen and paired with super white granite countertops/backsplash creating a dramatic yet grounded ambiance. A massive island works so well in the home because they love to work together creating exciting culinary experiences for their many cherished guests.

First impressions are always important, so we also updated their exterior facade and designed a lovely sit in porch for a more intimate social experience. We highlighted their beautiful red brick with contrasting charcoal grays, creating a classic and timeless facelift for a traditional home.