“A home should add to a fam­ily’s sense of well-be­ing.”

Style at Home - - Eclec­tic Coun­try -

of the wooden ceil­ings, open-con­cept lay­out and big win­dows. “A home should add to a fam­ily’s sense of well-be­ing, and sur­rounded by all this acreage, I knew this one would do ex­actly that.”

To cel­e­brate the 2,000-square-foot house’s coun­try set­ting, Jen­nifer opted for nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, such as woods and me­tals, and a sub­dued or­ganic palette of greens, browns and greys to blend with the out­doors. “I wanted this to be a place where the three of us could re­con­nect and where we could play board games, sit by the fire and hang out with friends on the deck,” she says. To that end, ev­ery part of the house was de­signed for to­geth­er­ness. The main liv­ing space is one open room; the master bed­room leads out onto the com­mu­nal deck; and lots of out­door seat­ing makes it easy for friends and fam­ily to join in on the fun.

Com­bin­ing vin­tage el­e­ments with mod­ern fur­nish­ings is one of Jen­nifer’s hall­marks. As a re­sult, the home man­ages to be ap­peal­ingly un­clut­tered, but has a lot of heart, too. An­tiques ap­pear in un­ex­pected places, such as in the liv­ing room, where a cof­fee ta­ble that sug­gests Asian an­tiq­uity oc­cu­pies the space be­tween a Mid-Cen­tury Mod­ern-style leather sofa and a wo­ven set­tee. “The­o­ret­i­cally, the ta­ble shouldn’t match,” says Jen­nifer. “But its lines are per­fect.” In fact, this was some­thing she no­ticed the mo­ment she laid eyes on the piece. “I saw this guy pulling it out of the back of a van, and I hopped out of the car, ran over to him and said, ‘Hey, will you sell that to me?’” she says with a laugh.

In­dus­trial el­e­ments and small hits of black play im­por­tant roles in the home’s look, as well. “You don’t need a lot,” says Jen­nifer. “But small dark touches in ev­ery room pro­vide a tex­ture and ground­ing.” This is echoed in the home’s black ex­te­rior, too. Lin­ear and slim, the mod­ern cot­tage makes an ar­chi­tec­tural state­ment in the day­time. But at night, it as­sumes an en­chant­ing tone. String lights swing in the night air. The scents of sum­mer­time blow in through the open win­dows. And laugh­ter fil­ters up to­ward the starlight.


RIGHT An open shelf hold­ing wo­ven bas­kets and folded tow­els sets the tone for a laid-back bath­room. Tow­els tuck neatly into bas­kets, and the kilim rug un­der­foot feels “far­away ca­sual,” says Jen­nifer. Brass fix­tures add warmth and style, while swivel­ing sconces en­sure the light­ing is al­ways per­fect. Cus­tom VAN­ITY, Struc­tural Anom­aly; FAUCETS, Taps Bath Cen­tre; SCONCES, CB2; MIR­RORS, IKEA; BAS­KETS, HomeSense.

A su­per comfy arm­chair has mid­cen­tury ap­peal and is cozy for read­ing and un­wind­ing. White­washed wood plank walls pro­vide in­ter­est in lieu of a head­board in the master bed­room. RIGHT & OP­PO­SITE Un­pack­ing and un­wind­ing is a cinch for visi­tors in this comfy guest room. Easy-to-reach wall hooks and bas­kets pro­vide stor­age; a mod­ern mir­ror hangs over a live-edge ta­ble; and an an­tique vel­vet-seated chair looks fun next to the colour­ful kilim rug. BED FRAME, IKEA; NIGHT­STAND, MIR­ROR, BAS­KETS, HomeSense; RUG, eCar­petGallery.

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