Moody, layered, historical, handsome — there are many words you could use to describe the home of designer Elle Patille of Leydi Milagros Design and her wealth advisor husband, Mo Vikrant, but conventional isn’t one of them. The 185-year-old house, located about an hour’s drive northwest of Toronto in Ballycroy, Ontario, served as a general store, post office, town dance hall and inn before its current iteration as a home for the couple and their two cats and two dogs. “To think that a building like this still existed blew our minds,” says Elle, who was immediately drawn to the home’s Victorian and Western false front architecture and its unusual history.
Spread over 5,000 square feet (including the general store), the house needed major repairs inside and out. Rather than taking it back to the studs, however, Elle adopted the roles of curator and preservationist, restoring the property to its former glory while bestowing it with the couple’s unique aesthetic. “I love the imperfections! My job was to keep everything intact, no matter how difficult,” she says. Click through for a look inside this Victorian heritage home.
Author: Jeremy Freed with files from Barbara Sgroi