Walkerville Heritage Semi is True Self Expression

December 31, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAX WEDGE

This Windsor townhouse glows with colour, charm and personality.

OUR HOMES Windsor Fall 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Windsor & Essex County, p.22. Find local businesses in our Windsor directory.

The Romanesque-revival townhomes of Walkerville, built a century ago by Hiram Walker for the managers who worked at his distillery, have become some of Windsor’s most stately and historic residences. One such red brick unit, under the careful and creative stewardship of owner Jayne Lesansky, glows with charm, colour and personality.
While the home's current charm begins outside with a French blue front door and artful plantings, perhaps it's not just the current resident who s passionate about the home. During the renovation, Jayne discovered love letters with beautiful penmanship in fading fountain-pen ink – detailing an illicit love afair. Jayne has them on display in the guest room and says they will always “stay with the house.”
Nothing in Jayne's home is cookie-cutter, from the framed Picasso and Kandinsky print silk scarves, to the bright orange wall and the wallpapered closets. 
She worked with Megan Cooper and Melissa Woodrow of Lionheart Home Collection to reupholster and source many décor pieces, like a pair of distressed orange suede tub chairs. The massive white and gold sculptural eggs that accent one wall of the sitting area are one of the Lionheart team’s favourite additions. 
The kitchen is gleaming. Existing white cabinets from the 1980s were updated with brass hardware. Frank Cremasco of Cremasco Fine Cabinetry added a display cabinet where an alcove used to be, as well as cabinetry to camouflage the refrigerator. Jayne painted one wall in a fresh shade of orange sherbet.
In the formal living area, a gold-toned sunburst mirror, tufted ottoman and black-and-white colour scheme are refined yet fun. The wool zebra-print rug is a unifying element, tying the design to a natural-hide rug in the sitting area. The sofa is upholstered in a white linen fabric with arresting black-and-cream herringbone inlays. A bold black-and-white striped pearlized wallpaper takes centre stage in the dining room. 
Upstairs, exposed brick on the staircase wall showcases Jayne's carefully curated art collection. Her bedroom is exquisitely calm in creams with a black accent wall. A gorgeous flower wall sculpture was the jumping-off point.