When Paula and Ken Marskell moved into their Elora home seven years ago, it was a great space – and fantastic location on the Grand River – but it was lacking in character. Now, it’s bursting with personality and charm. Paula, the owner of Chanticleer, a décor shop in the Elora Mews, has added character in spades to every room in the home.
Her love for colour and whimsy is evident at every turn. “I decorate, that’s what I do,” she laughs. “When I need something, I just see what I have in my store.” Paula’s passion has always been home design. Most of her design schemes start with fabric. Then she picks a colour palette from the fabric, matches a Benjamin Moore paint colour, and she’s off. “I made every curtain, cushion and duvet cover in the house,” she says.
Their eclectic furnishings each tell a story. Many were created by friends or local Elora artists and shop owners, such as the dining room furniture, which was painted by Sarah at Honeychurch Lane.
Paula’s office is upstairs and walks out to a balcony that runs the length of the bedrooms and has a covered sitting area.
The backyard is decorated with the same style and whimsy as the interior of the home. Besides a sparkling salt water pool and bubbling hot tub, the Marskells added a new seating area, a change room, and a large white gazebo, which has hosted many al fresco meals. The Marskells designed cement steps down to the lower portion of their yard, plus railings and a pathway to the river.
When you love décor, art and supporting local artists and artisans as much as Paula and Ken Marskell do, your design and décor are never truly complete. This home continues to evolve as their tastes and interests do – as does the stock in Paula’s shop.