NORTH OF THE BORDER
of the border
Canadian antiques and folk art add rainbow hues to a remodeled Craftsman- style bungalow.
CANADIAN ANTIQUES AND FOLK ART ADD RAINBOW HUES TO A REMODELED
““LUCKILY, OUR HOME’S SIZE HAS KEPT PACE WITH
passion MY FOR SHOPPING!
it was a typical one-level, three-bedroom, Craftsman-style bungalow.
“We originally used the front bedroom as a family room,” Kathy explains. “We
shared the two back bedrooms with our two daughters, Emily and Kate. When
our third daughter, Jane, was born, we decided we needed another bedroom
and more living space.”
Transforming the attic into a cozy master suite and adding an extra room
at the back gave Kathy an excuse to shop for more treasures. She prowled
for bargains at some of her favorite shops, at flea markets, and at the biannual
Christie Antique Show.
“Christie’s features hundreds of Canada’s top antique dealers and collectors,”
Kathy explains. “And, with 10 acres of shopping, I always come home with a car
filled with furniture, architectural antiques, textiles and folk art.”
About two years ago, with the oldest two daughters living on their own, the
couple converted one of the bedrooms into a sitting room for Kathy and another
into a guest room. And with her youngest daughter now turning 18, Kathy is
starting to collect items with an eye toward the next stage of her life and the life
of her family.
“I love finding stuff,” she says. “While my taste in styles has evolved and
changed, my love of finding cool things has never wavered.” We wonder what
she’ll find next!
An old iron bed repainted in a glossy blue-green is the focal point of Kathy Douglas and Allan Therrien’s under-the-eaves master
bedroom. A Ralph Lauren quilt tops a handwoven striped coverlet purchased from a Quebec weaver.
OPPOSITE: Atop a whitewashed cabinet, Kathy created a vignette
featuring a sculptural jewelry stand, a painting of nearby Muskoka Lake, an enameled turquoise box,
and a small alabaster lamp.
OPPOSITE: Kathy’s game plan for transforming her grown daughter’s bedroom into a private getaway of her own included adding “Scrapwood” wallpaper by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek above the existing wainscoting and finding a comfy sofa and rocker. “My decorating style used to be very country. Now, I’d describe it as an eclectic mix of rustic and Shabby Chic with French influences and metallic Florentine floral accents,” Kathy says. “It’s a mixture of everything I like.” THIS PAGE, TOP LEFT: A distressed wood cupboard holds inspirational decorating books and magazines.
TOP RIGHT: Vintage woven kilims, hooked wool, and folk-art felt pillows snuggle together. A local artist crafted the turquoisebeaked owl. BOTTOM
LEFT: Allan carves and paints folk-art pieces in Kathy’s favorite shades of blue, green and tan. BOTTOM
RIGHT: Above a shallow storage armoire, a salvaged find from a now-defunct amusement park offers a high-relief clown as its central focal point.
ABOVE: Whether they were carved locally or found on Kathy’s travels, folk-art creatures add a farmyard touch to a corner of the family room. BELOW: A series of chests with freestanding shelves and traditional china cupboards line the dining room. The wallpaper along the staircase is a classic Laura Ashley floral. OPPOSITE: A stainless-steel-topped island separates the kitchen from the family room. “When I needed more storage space, Allan added a cabinet with curved doors crafted from pressed tin ceiling panels,” Kathy explains. To balance the new addition, Allan also added a vintage corbel. Fiestaware pottery, striped English pitchers and vintage tin cans echo the bright colors of the rush-seat counter chairs.
OPPOSITE: The dining room’s table, chairs and buffet only look old. Kathy adds heritage authenticity with an antique mirror, a metal Florentine chandelier, and Mccoy pottery. ABOVE AND RIGHT: Collected for their colorful bindings, not their content, vintage books are stacked casually in the front hallway. BELOW: An Italian floral lamp keeps company with a doll head and a cast-iron floral piece. “There’s no real theme, except that I think the three objects look great together,” Kathy explains.