Get your first glimpse of a an article about Southam Design and Studio S which will be published in The Ottawa Family Living magazine in the Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 3.
Your home is your sanctuary, a reflection of who you are and how you live. It is where you raise your family, entertain, get away from it all. Since it’s not uncommon to love your neighbourhood, but loathe your dated living quarters, a renovation can renew your home to suit your current lifestyle. However, the task can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? How much should you spend? How do you maximize your space? How do you avoid the renovation nightmares you hear about? Penny Southam, ARIDO, IDC, is a registered interior designer who has been creating award-winning interior spaces and residential architecture since 1992. As founder and director of Southam Design Inc., one of Ottawa’s leading design firms, she transforms daunting wish lists into stunning, functional spaces. Her firm is recognized for thinking outside the box and finding innovative solutions that meet all clients’ needs, desires and budgets.
The portfolio at www.southamdesign.com, illustrates the striking results. Image galleries showcase award-winning renovations, additions, kitchen, bath and basement designs, customs homes and other projects that leave a lasting impression. Southam’s work is a brilliant fusion of modern lines and classic elements. Her client list stretches from Vancouver to New York City and her 30 design awards include Top 40 Under 40 honours in 2005. At the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association’s awards gala in 2008, she collected seven design trophies, the most won by a single person in the association’s history. Her outstanding projects outshone submissions by many of the city’s leading renovators, designers and architects that year. “We think of the whole home both inside and out and ensure that it all flows perfectly, while meeting all of our clients needs,” Southam explains.
The scope of the firm’s work ranges from all things interior to custom home design under 6000 square feet. Besides heading SDI, Southam is founder and co-owner of Studio S Scavolini - a stunning kitchen and bath design showroom. As TV co-host of All For Nothing? on the W Network, she also provides savvy advice to homeowners readying their homes for sale and competing for a commission-free real estate listing. When asked what motivates her, Southam’s response is quick. “Creating beautiful space is my passion. Knowing we are creating environments that will enhance and enrich our clients lives just makes it that much better!” For details, call 613 728-2227 and check www.southamdesign.com.