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Sepia-Tone Photographs Inspire Cambridge Reno

February 13, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

Rich, red-brown sepia tone is the jumping-off point for townhome update.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2017/18 issue of  OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo p.42. Find local businesses in our Waterloo directory.
When Jennifer Does met with a client who told her she had been thinking about sepia photographs and wanted that to be the jumping-off point for her main-floor renovation, Jennifer didn’t even bat an eye. The rich, red-brown sepia colour scheme isn’t a typical one, but it works beautifully.
 
Jennifer, who owns JenniDoesDesigns, came in and redesigned this Cambridge townhome’s main floor: the kitchen, dining and living spaces, as well as the ground level powder room and foyer. First, the flowered wallpaper and golden oak had to go. The home, built in the ’90s, was starting to become quite outdated in terms of style. “All the trim was really wimpy and small so we replaced that,” says Jennifer as an example.
 
Underfoot, the homeowner chose a maple hardwood stained in a walnut colour to get the rich red-brown she wanted. The townhome is narrow and living areas spread over four stories, so Jennifer opened up the space and make it feel larger. 
 
The kitchen got an overhaul with new cabinetry and Alaska White granite countertops. Instead of an eat-in kitchen area immediately beside the dining room, Jennifer designed a built-in pantry with plenty of storage. Shane Standeven of FW Painting and Carpentry installed the kitchen, restained and refinished the staircase and railings and designed and installed cusom moulding including baseboards and ceiling medallions. 
 
New chandeliers from The Lighting Shoppe are the final piece of the puzzle.
 
Once she had the basics down – lighting, window treatments and furniture – the rest fell into place. “You can dress around that any way you want to and the room would still look amazing,” says Jennifer – black and white, technicolour or sepia.

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