Someone recently commented that they could tell which path my life was taking by reading Ottawa At Home magazine! As editor, I do have an influence over the direction each issue takes and there is always a personal element within the pages.
It’s an assessment that holds some credibility, as I let readers peek inside my own home for this issue to look at how my holiday decorating has evolved as my husband and I transition through to the empty nest stage of life. Although I loathe the term, it’s recognized as the universal tag for households that have been emptied of children. While I may not decorate with the same magical force that I did when our house was full of kids, I still honour the season with whimsical decorations that let my adult children continue to feel an attachment to Christmas past, while moving into Christmas future and enjoying the present.
I am always inspired with the opportunity to peek into other people’s homes to see their holiday traditions. Rochelle James takes us into a home that honours East coast roots, while Jane Whiting visits a Rockcliffe home that plays up on the unusual, but oh-so-stylish choice of fuchsia as a holiday colour scheme. Designer Henrietta Southam opens her home to us to reveal time-honoured family traditions in a setting that tastefully combines worldly treasures.
I am grateful for having been able to continue to tap into the many sides of holiday traditions and celebrations as we worked to pull together this festive issue. Photographer Mark Holleron and I had fun touring a Christmas tree farm and both left feeling prepared to tackle the art of cutting our own trees and maintaining their beauty throughout the season. Read more about this merry adventure on page 38.
The holiday issue is our gift guide, and our food, beauty, fitness and fashion editors had fun scouring the region to bring readers inspiring ideas to please everyone. We did more than a little window shopping with this issue to gather an amazing plethora of gift items from all over the city!
Let the holiday season begin with readers opening the pages of Ottawa At Home to peek into the windows of homes, stores and businesses to find gift ideas, entertaining and decorating tips, along with some heartfelt features.