Quiet Country Comforts Just Down the 401


A house near Cobourg gets a mindful, modern twist.

Our Homes Peterborough Spring 2019A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of   OUR HOMES Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Cobourg Durham Region Port Hope, p.38. Find Find local businesses in our Peterborough directory.

A couple had just started planning a move back to the Cobourg area from Toronto when they looked at new house in Grafton by Stalwood Homes. The home wasn’t quite what they wanted, but the vacant lot next door was an ideal spot. “We liked the idea it was going to be close to town, close to Highway 401, on town water and natural gas. It had everything, so we stopped looking and said, ‘Yes, we could live here,’ ” says the owner. “It’s so quiet.”
Outside, Craftsman styling includes a welcoming porch supported by tapered white pillars on low stone columns.
For the interior, the owners collaborated with Stalwood kitchen designer Jocelyn Mason. Glass-fronted cabinets display a collection of pitchers atop the white kitchen cabinetry. A checkerboard tile pattern in multiple shades of grey, from Tilemaster, forms the backsplash. Delray Granite supplied a Carrara-like quartz for the kitchen perimeter counters and Cambria Brittanica quartz for the kitchen island, painted Admiral Blue. 
Beauti-Tone paints from Cobourg Home Hardware Building Centre were used throughout. Colours include Elephant on the main floor, Grey Goose in the master suite and Favourite Sweater in the two upstairs bedrooms.
In the living room, a blue sofa and complementary green-and-blue armchairs gather around a central, gas fireplace, flanked by white, built-in bookshelves, square windows and porcelain Chinese wedding jars. Their grey-and-white antique dining table and matching cushioned chairs reflect a French inspiration. Trey ceilings, designed by Stalwood, lend depth and a stately ambience to the living and dining rooms. Carefully chosen, blue-and-white curtains complete the look.
A large, master bedroom on the ground floor was a must-have for the couple, who don't want to have to climb stairs when they get older. On one wall, the bedroom has matching, sliding barn doors. One door opens to a walk-in closet. The other reveals the en suite with a large walk-in shower, white custom cabinetry with sinks embedded in quartz counters. 
A small ground-floor bedroom has been transformed into a home office. Upstairs are two more bedrooms and a cosy sitting room where the couple watch television. 

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The Craftsman-style front porch is a pleasant spot to sit and watch rainstorms and sunsets. Blue siding with a lovely raspberry-coloured front door invite entry.

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Custom-built shelving and tiny windows flank the living room fireplace. Ruby, the couple’s year-old, miniature harlequin dachshund stands guard.

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Chinese wedding jars and porcelain plates augment the blue motif of the living room.

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An antique table, painted grey and white, with matching web-backed chairs, lends classic French ambience to the dining space.

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A curved, French-style range hood hovers over the stove. On the south side of the kitchen, an oversize sliding glass door opens to the sun deck. Designed for engaging conversation, the kitchen island is an inviting spot for breakfast and informal meals.

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Just outside the kitchen, a flowering dipladenia basks in the afternoon warmth on the sundeck.

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The laundry room was built just inside the door to the large backyard.

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Roman shades in a bright floral pattern match the pillows in this upstairs guest room.

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A pine sleigh bed makes a tempting place for peaceful slumber in this second-floor bedroom.

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The large master bedroom catches the early morning sunlight. A pair of sliding doors disguise a closet and an en suite.

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Ceramic tile flooring, a large glass-walled shower and custom-made cabinets furnish the master bedroom en suite.