Style at Home - - Contents - How a handy cou­ple lov­ingly made a 1960s Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., home their own

You would think buy­ing a home in to­day’s tough hous­ing mar­ket would come with many com­pro­mises, but not so for Cather­ine Ther­rien and her hus­band, Aaron Put­man. When the cou­ple be­gan their search, they had a cer­tain type of house in mind and a neigh­bour­hood picked out – and they weren’t go­ing to set­tle for any­thing less. Judg­ing by this gorgeous gem in a peace­ful south Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., area, their de­ter­mi­na­tion paid off in spades.

The cou­ple’s house-hunt­ing jour­ney be­gan about four years ago, when they de­cided they were tired of climb­ing up and down the stairs of their four-level town­house. “Our goal was to find some­thing as flat as pos­si­ble,” says Cather­ine, owner of Cather­ine So­phie De­sign (and for­mer Style at Home man­ag­ing edi­tor). “It was our fourth time mov­ing in 10 years. So we thought, if we’re mov­ing again it has to be to the right place.”

For these con­sum­mate DIYers, the right place was a house they could work on and make their own. “We wanted some­thing un­touched,” she says. “I didn’t want to move into a house with a newly ren­o­vated kitchen and then be stuck with some­one else’s de­sign.”

The cop­per-toned pen­dant lights com­ple­ment the wooden fram­ing in the sun­room.

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