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Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY Bar­bara Jack­sier. PHO­TOGRAPHED BY Robin Stub­bert. STYLED BY Kim Davies.

Canadian an­tiques and folk art add rain­bow hues to a re­mod­eled Crafts­man- style bun­ga­low.




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.

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