In real-estate talk, it’s called a character home. You know, those beautiful homes you see on older streets that have so many unique features. Debbie had the opportunity to work with the homeowner of this Winnipeg beauty.
It’s always interesting to work on older homes. They have a certain charm that you don’t find in a brand new home. They sometimes have their problems, and at times need lots of TLC, but this update went very smoothly and the result turned out beautiful.
Debbie was in Winnipeg at the home. She was able to consult on the fireplace, arches and recommend some new furniture. The homeowner was in Calgary on a business trip and was able to pick out her sofa and fabric from a designer showroom.
Here is the fireplace before. The room behind the fireplace is a lovely sun room that gets a lot of light. It was decided to remove the china cabinet on the right and make another walk way to the sun room. This not only provides symmetry, but allows for more natural light to fill the living room. The homeowner decided that she wanted to square off the arches to bring a bit of a modern look.
It was important to the homeowner to use materials that are native to Manitoba. They chose Tyndall stone for the fireplace as it is a native stone and it even graces the provincial legislature and many turn of the century grand buildings in Winnipeg. The tyndall stone came from a quarry located in Gillis, which is just outside of Winnipeg.
When doing the fireplace, the drywall was removed on the upper half of fireplace and revealed brick that had been covered over in a previous renovation. A good example of how each homeowner puts their own stamp on a character home.
It was time to choose the furniture. This part was fun because the homeowner has a background in fashion design and really understands colour, texture and design. She wanted to go bold and wasn’t afraid to pick a standout fabric.
A meeting was arranged at Stewart Drummond Studios to view the furniture and fabrics. This beautiful classic sofa, from Gresham House, was chosen for size and comfort. The fabric selected was from Bailey and Griffin in a sunflower colour.
While the custom piece was being made in the factory in Ontario, Debbie was able to help source a few other pieces for the room. The 48″ x 48″ Rosewood cabinet below was designed by Henry Rosengren Hansen for Brande and is model #58. It is circa 1960 and originates from Denmark. There is also another cabinet in the living space that is a vintage teak piece. These extra storage pieces in the living room have relieved the kitchen of glassware and occasional serving pieces, freeing up much needed room in the kitchen.
Finally the big day arrived and the furniture was being delivered. The fireplace was completed, as the man of the house is a stonemason. How handy is that! And it all came together the day before the ladies of the book club were coming over! So here are the pictures of the before and after…
The homeowner was thrilled with her new look. She plans on replacing the coffee table, as the one in the above photos is a modified Ikea table, which is a little too big now for the space. In her own words, she explains what was important to her,
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