Photo Gallery: Grand Country Houses
In the sitting room at Tawse Winery in Vineland, Ontario, formal antiques, like a straight-based settee, are softened with plush, pale upholstery, while accessories are kept to a minimum. Light walls contrast with dark accents, like the ornate bannister and limestone floor.
The dramatic dining room of Tawse Winery in Vineland, Ontario, is defined by its towering coffered ceiling and transomed doors and windows. The room’s antique furniture, including the chandelier, was found mostly at Paris’s famous Marché aux Puces. The massive 18th-century walnut dining table, accented with white oak, was a real find.
The kitchen at Tawse Winery channels a striking Parisian bistro with its cool Carrara marble and rich African shedua marquetry, which was tested before installation for durability. A dramatic antique chandelier, found in Paris, highlights the unusually square island, while a mirrored wall adds interest and visually expands the space.
The restored Federal-style façade of this Port Hope, Ontario home is accentuated by a buttery yellow hue that sets off its pretty clapboard, original to the house. The plantation-style verandas on the side of the house add Southern charm.
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In the front hall, a layered vignette of unique and exotic furniture and objets is set against an airy backdrop of creamy walls and wooden floors. The bold Asian-style table and ornate Venetian mirror are a fitting stage for the homeowner’s blue and white china collection. The scale of the table and lamps, coupled with the elegant chandelier, lend a sense of grandeur to the space.
Recovered in grey wool, the sofas in this Federal-style home are a crisp foil to the living room’s unique collection of accessories, like a bold zebra rug, framed 18th-century room sketches and a $45 junk shop metal table. Assorted curios, like the woman’s shoes on the side table and the small sculptures found throughout the room, speak to the homeowner’s interests and personality.
Landscaping featuring undulating lawns and rustic stonework is a soft contrast to the straight lines of this home on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, Quebec. Featuring classic details reminiscent of New England architecture, such as shingles and gables, and a neutral palette drawn from nature, this timeless abode looks right at home next to the water.
The homeowner of this lakeside summer home played with a simple, high-impact palette in this kitchen. Black soapstone countertops and iron barstools make a bold statement, while white Carrara marble, cream-painted cabinets and glass-paned doors make the room light and bright. The cabinet hardware, polished faucet and streamlined pendant lamps play up the luxuriousness of the space.
With a coffered ceiling, chandelier and four-poster bed, this refined principal bedroom is an unexpected find in a summer home. The cool, pale tones of the room are offset by the black bed frame, which creates a focal point in the space. The addition of a small sitting area, formed by the chair and footstool opposite the bed, adds another element of luxury to the room.
This charming bungalow, located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships region, stands at the end of a small laneway. After winding through a wooded meadow, guests are greated by the sage green façade, which blends into the woodsy surroundings.
With an easy mix of dark and light wood tones, this office is both functional and easy on the eyes. Classic toile upholstery on the chairs references the home’s idyllic setting, while white beadboard walls, heated stone flooring and a mix of furniture styles add a rustic touch to the space.
At the back entry, a bench doubles as storage for seasonal items, like scarves, mittens and hats. A shelf and coat rack keep frequently-used items close at hand and organized. The stone floor tiles, seen throughout this home, are especially practical when boots get muddy or snowy.
Modern conveniences, like the wall-mounted spigot tap over the stove for filling pots, update the country-style kitchen in this home. Massive stone corbels support the range hood, adding interest and a sense of history to the new-build house.
The stunning, unfitted kitchen includes traditional country elements like an apron sink and open storage, mixed with modern charcoal grey cabinets, stainless steel accents and honed CaesarStone countertops.
The spare dining room is heavily influenced by French and Belgian farmhouse style. With no visual clutter and a limited palette, the effect is a contemporary take on rustic. Mirrored walls and an elaborate crystal chandelier add luxury to the dining room&