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A Little Bit Country on the Oak Ridges Moraine

October 31, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A farmhouse on the Oak Ridges Moraine gets a new personality.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES York Region, p.24. Find local businesses in our York directory

Four years ago, a Unionville family made the leap to country living, moving into this 1994-built farmhouse in the midst of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The couple dreamed about a weekend getaway, but the reality of a second home meant twice the work. Once their daughter went off to university, they spotted a country home for sale online. “This way, our home is our weekend property,” says the owner.

During the week, the husband works from home a few days a week and commutes back and forth to the city for the rest. On weekends, they make the most of living in the country.

While the landscape outside was picture perfect from day one, the inside needed a little attention. First, the couple installed hardwood in the living room and office areas on the main floor. Then, they called on Niche Decor to help with the view on the inside. Niche owner and designer Jean Bisnaire and showroom manager and design consultant Jordana Eisen worked with the couple to help hone their style. They listened to the owners and soon presented a colour palette, fabric swatches, lighting ideas and furniture choices.

Bringing the outside in, through colours, textures and other design choices, became the priority, using lamps and décor pieces that mimick branches, and natural fibres and materials that have an organic feel.

The goal in each room was to bring the remarkable scenery outside into focus. The kitchen's deep teal colour, by Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry, was new when they first moved in, so they chose neutral wall and trim colours to work with the existing cabinetry. In the family room, Niche Decor introduced two buttery soft leather chairs as well as a subtle, striped wallpaper in the back of the bookcases to create backdrop. 

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