2018 Show Information

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Participants and Before & After Photos:


Mary Taggart

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As Editor-in-Chief of Ottawa At Home magazine, Mary Taggart is a respected decorator and lifestyle expert. Her passion lies in inspiring others to lead stylish lives, authentic to their personal style.

Leslie-Anne Barrett

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Leslie-Anne "L.A." Barrett has beautified some of the smartest and most lovely people on television and print. For the last 20 years, L.A. has run the makeup department at CTV/Ottawa while also running a thriving freelance career in makeup, hair and styling. As a published, award winning artist, L.A. created the many looks for the runway as director of makeup for the former "Ottawa Fashion Week".  She has been a team member for many fashion weeks and is an alumni of "Project Runway Canada". With a background in Theater and Film from N.Y.C.,  L.A. has directed productions at the N.A.C., Centrepointe and Theater Of Civilization. She wrote and directed her first music video 2 years ago for the country band "Blackwell". L.A. is excited to once again be a part of the "Upcycle Challenge" and is grateful to be a part of this generous community!

Beth Charbonneau

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As publisher of the popular Our Homes Magazine, Beth is well-versed in all things related to home design. With her trusty DIY tips and keen eye for modern décor, Beth inspires others to make their homes more beautiful and comfortable than ever before.

Wendy Barron & Stephanie MacDonald

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Meet the CertaPro Ottawa office team whose vision is to deliver an extraordinary customer experience one project at a time.

Our inspiration for the Upcycle Challenge was an old table used in our home show booth and tinted ceramic tiles found at the Restore. We chose to upcycle this dated bar table to a modern coffee table. We added live greenery to make any space more relaxing. Can you picture our creation in your living room or outdoor patio?

Anita Murray

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President of All Things Home, a free online resource all about homes and gardens in Ottawa. Anita is a veteran journalist and the former Homes Editor at the Ottawa Citizen. She has covered the housing industry since 2011.

Sarah Kidder

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Sarah Kidder always strives to give her clients truly unique, customized spaces.  She is known for her rare ability to work within any design style, and her brave use of colour, pattern, and texture.

With over 13 year’s experience in the Ottawa design industry, Sarah has worked on countless residential, small commercial, and corporate projects, giving each one an original look reflective of those living, or working, in the space.

Sarah, a formally trained decorator, is a 7-times consecutive winner of the HomeStars “Best Of” Award, an award based on stellar customer service.  Most recently, her designs have won 3 NKBA Design Excellence Awards.

Working within a team of trusted contractors, tradespeople, and suppliers, Sarah is able to offer her clients exclusive products, personalized service, and most importantly, a low-stress, fun-filled design experience.

Julie Beun

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Julie Beun’s 30-year career spans Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and the United States, but she still calls Ottawa home. 

After leaving Canada in the late 80s, she got her start in the newspaper and magazine industries in Australia, where she later became news editor for People magazine, health editor for Family Circle, foreign correspondent for the international Women’s Feature Service and regular contributor to Good Health. In Canada, she has written extensively for PostMedia newspapers nationally, Canadian Living, Readers Digest, Distinctive Women magazine, LUXE, Ottawa Citizen Style, enRoute, to name a few. 

In broadcast, Julie cohosted Daytime Ottawa on Rogers TV for several years, has made several appearances on CTV and is a regular commentator on 1310AM’s Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe. She has also written, produced and hosted a lifestyle documentary on South Korea. 

As a marketing and communications consultant, she works for Hydropothecary medical marijuana, the Ingenium Foundation, the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival and Tartan Homes. She has created unique and highly visible publicity campaigns and leveraged her international network for RBC Bluesfest and Glowfair. She has done tour PR for Jane Siberry and Brandon Howard, as well as written bio material for several renowned singers, including Chantal Kreviazuk and Measha Brueggergosman. 

Julie has written two books – one for renowned Arctic photographer Michelle Valberg – and is passionate about health, fashion, food and telling great yarns. 

“People have two stories: the one they tell and the one they should be telling,” she says. “Often the latter is far more interesting and more extraordinary than they realize.” Her work can be found at www.jbeun.media

Diane Deans

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Diane Deans was first elected to Ottawa City Council in November 1994. In October 2014, she was re-elected to her seventh consecutive term. She proudly represents over 48,000 south-end residents who live in Gloucester-Southgate Ward.

As well as being the Gloucester-Southgate Councillor, Diane is also the Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee which is responsible for the City’s Emergency & Protective Services (Fire & Paramedics); Bylaw Services; Parks & Recreation Services; and Social Services.  

Diane is also a member of the City’s Transportation Committee, Finance and Economic Development Committee and the Member Services Committee. As well, she is a member of the Ottawa Community Land Development Corporation Board, which is tasked with unlocking value in the City of Ottawa’s real estate portfolio through sustainable development. 

Diane has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to municipal life in Ottawa in a number of ways. These include being the recipient of the City Manager’s Award for her leadership as the Honorary Co-Chair of the City’s United Way Campaign, the Ottawa Public Library’s Order of Friendship Award, the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year award and the Ontario Paramedic Association’s Award of Appreciation.

Sue Pitchforth

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Sue Pitchforth of Décor Therapy Plus is an International Award-Winning Designer, and Readers’ Choice Winner for eight years in a row. Sue is a TV personality who loves sharing her passion for Design, teaching, conducting workshops and seminars. Watch for new things coming from Sue as she establishes herself in the Nation's Capital. Sue practices Interior Decorating, Colour Consulting, Home Staging, Re-Design and manages renovations for her clients.

Delaney Holley

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Delaney Holley is a 26- year- old international model from the Ottawa Valley! Delaney strives to maintain a balance of professionalism, confidence and positivity, while focusing on physical wellbeing, work, education and volunteering. 

As a professional model Delaney is challenged each day to be creative, making this Upcycle Challenge ‘PLANTED’ a perfect fit!