Ottawa At Home Magazine

Designer Tanya Collins didn’t look to trends in the design world for inspiration when she started the decorating project for the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime lottery home—she looked out to the world at large. The bohemian theme, found throughout the 4,700 square-foot Minto home, is reminiscent of global travel. In fact, Tanya even used inspiration from a planned trip to Spain, which she had to cancel due to the pandemic.

Another outcome of COVID-19 restrictions is that the home is only available for tour online. The CHEO Foundation has had the option in place for the past six years to virtually walk through the home—and the interactive tour is the next best thing to physically being in the home. But Dan Champagne, vice-president of development and corporate relations for the CHEO Foundation, assures the 35,000 annual, in-person tour goers that as soon as it is permitted the doors will open.

“Having a virtual tour established has been an important part of our success during the pandemic,” reveals Dan, while noting the importance of touring in person. “It’s an enjoyable ritual for thousands of people who love to see the home each year. They are inspired by the decorating ideas and it has become a favourite outing for many seniors.”

Design inspiration is plentiful this year. The architectural features of the four-bedroom, three-storey home include transoms above the doors on the main floor, cathedral ceilings and decorative wood…

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