In Prince Edward County, Ont., shop-owner Vi Jull found a charming little red-brick Loyalist house, circa 1875, and made it her own with pared-back French country style.
Rustic French bistro chairs and an airy metal chandelier — which draws attention to the high ceiling — establish a casual vibe in the dining room. A distressed mirror frame set in the high window adds architectural interest, and tall china cabinets flanking the new french doors echo the motif. A modern rug by Madeline Weinrib updates the look. The space does double-duty as a guest room, thanks to a pullout sofa and drapes that can close it off from the kitchen.