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Style At Home Magazine Feature

July 4, 2012 by admin

Last summer I had the pleasure of decorating a charming farm house in Prince Edward County.  ’The County‘ as it’s called by locals is near and dear to my heart because it’s where Sara and I got married in 2007 – and that after we spent summers on staff at a local summer camp.  The house had been lovingly restored by it’s owners and I was called in for the fun bit – decorating!  Style At Home Magazine featured the results this spring and now that’s it’s been and gone on news stands, I wanted to share it with you here in case you missed it.  Hope you like the results!

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

The husband of this handy duo actually installed this realistic fireplace himself and built these elegant book cases to flank it.  The tub chairs were handed down through the family and updated with graphic ticking slipcovers and West Elm cushions.  The coffee table – formerly brass – got a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint and some earthy accessories.

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

This peacock blue velvet sofa was actually hiding in the homeowner’s Toronto basement.  I loved it instantly and eventually convinced the homeowners that it was right on trend, but more importantly a classic piece that would free up some money for other projects.  The block printed large cushion was sewn with fabric from Designer Fabrics in Toronto, and the smaller was from West Elm.  They make the old sofa new again.

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

This bottle glass lamp is perfect for this sort of country home and is one of my favourites.  It’s from Potter Barn and the old trunk was another existing piece.  The woven basket is from Angus & Company in Toronto.

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

This dining table was another family piece and the chest was an auction score.  They’re both freshened up with these Penney & Company trellised chairs and a big vase full of flowering branches.  The drapes were sewn from another affordable Designer Fabrics print and really freshened up the room and were in keeping with the old farm house.

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

This fresh country kitchen was again, the handiwork of this enterprising homeowner and utilizes out of the box cabinets from IKEA.  The island was a rejigged number from a trade show and the stools were picked up at Restoration Hardware.  I always like to add baskets and natural elements to a space so the sort of global or exotic slouchy baskets are an update on the country kitchen classic.

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

I especially love that we decided to use square tiles in a ‘running joint’ pattern rather than the traditional subway tile.  It’s a nice alternative and a design rooted in history.  And how about those gorgeous original floors?  Salvaged by the homeowners themselves.

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

This guest room is furnished with two twin headboards found at Belleville’s Funk & Gruven and sprayed black.  The bedding is Ralph Lauren from HomeSense and the coverlets are West Elm.

Decorating by Michael Penney; Photography by Donna Griffith; Style At Home Magazine June 2012

The master bedroom features another Funk & Gruven treasure in the traditional headboard as well as some Chinese lacquered nightstands from Penney & Company.  A blue and white batik print from Designer Fabrics was used on the bed pillows and the fresh cropped drapes.  The blue, white and wood combo is perfect for a country house that is sophisticated rather than kitschy.

I had a great time decorating this house and thank the homeowners and Style At Home, and photographer Donna Griffith for this great spread!


12 Comments »

  1. Deirdre says:

    Yet another big hit Michael! Every room is warm, welcoming and lovely. I especially love the Penney and Company trellised chairs!

  2. Mike says:

    Love it all! Perfect country house decor without being cliche. Kudos on a job well done!

  3. Kelly says:

    gorgeous. A touch i REALLY like is the bedroom curtains that don’t go all the way to the floor. That’s seems to have been such a design no-no for so many years that it looks so fresh AND very practical for those of us with baseboard heaters under the windows). Thanks for giving me permission!! :)

  4. Carol Dahlquist says:

    I recognize those drapes :) My pillow from that fabric makes me smile everyday. Love your designs!!! and we love having you in Whitby!

  5. Lynne says:

    Fabulous, I love it all. Great that you were able to use so many of the owners pieces. I also love the trellis chairs and especially the bookcases on either side of the fireplace. If I can find a handy man I would love this for my own family room. Thanks again for sharing your great style:)

  6. Kristine says:

    Just Beautiful. There are touches of the classic Michael Penney Style all over. It fills me with so much inspiration while I’m in my renovation process. I just bought my first home (not knowing anything about style in the home, just coming from the university lifestyle, bleh!) and it’s in the country, just outside of Oshawa.
    I wanted a country look without being tacky and you have painted beautiful canvases for me to draw from. Thank you, so much, for teaching me.

    I am in love with your store, it is incredibly inviting, and my Market Tote is perfect for the Clarington Farmer’s Markets! You are truly creating a new ‘lifestyle’ for Durham Region, and allowing those likeminded individuals to have a meeting place (Whether your store or this blog!) So thank you again, for what you are creating in our community.

  7. Meg Crossley says:

    Fantastic job Michael. I completely can see your “touch” in this job and I love it.
    Kudos to you yet again.

  8. kbdsa says:

    Gorgeous. Pinned every pic!

  9. Lulu says:

    Another lovely job. What is the drape fabric if you can remember? It’s perfect for this space.

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