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Taking a classic century-old home in the Glebe and infusing the old-style character with contemporary décor can be a challenge. But not for these homeowners, who have carefully renovated the house over the last seven years to suit their casually chic style and meet the eclectic needs of a young family, while renewing their home’s unique architectural features.
Respecting the personal style of the residents and the character of the home was an important aspect of decorating the space for the
BY JANE WHITING Homes for the Holidays tour. Virginia Vince, owner of Bloomfields Flowers, was the designated decorator and a close friend of the family, so she had an inside perspective on what would work. She opted for a look that expressed natural simplicity and beauty to reflect the family lifestyle and their home. RENEWED & FESTIVE The primary focus of the professional festive decorating was the main floor, which incorporates a perfect blend of old and new. Large open rooms with connecting French
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON doors showcase period features of high woodcoffered ceilings and decorative trim work.
As part of the first round of renovations, which included adding a much-needed mud room, all the old windows were replaced with custom replicas of the original divided-light window design. The huge castiron radiators with embossed detailing were removed to be cleaned and painted, and the hardwood floors and an oak staircase were refinished. Dark wood panelling was stripped from the walls to lighten and freshen things up.
The timeless décor is enhanced with vintage brass and crystal lighting fixtures, together with a combination of contemporary and antique furnishings. A neutral colour scheme of warm off-white walls and trim provides an ideal canvas for this year’s festive touches.
“I knew an overly traditional or formal look wouldn’t work and modern would be too harsh,” says Virginia. “The plan was to create a natural, almost Scandinavian, winterwonderland feel with lots of boughs, different kinds of berries, branches and floral touches.”
While an atmosphere of eclectic chic reigns in the home, the fresh Christmas tree is decorated in a more traditional style with a green and red theme. It takes pride of place in the living room, which was bumped out to provide extra space with a new fireplace and additional windows. Trimming the tree was a collaborative effort using a treasured collection of family decorations and tree ornaments made by the three children.
To offset the natural look, Virginia introduced some lush and colourful elements with textured florals to complement individual rooms. “I wanted to accent the bold orange colours from the painting in the living room and create something fun and whimsical for the kitchen.”
Currently, the kitchen has a country feel with