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Houzz Tour: Sophistication and Humor Go Hand in Hand. Collected treasures combine with retail finds in a 19th-century Canadian home packed with whimsy and charm

“Life is so serious, and I don’t want my children to have to live in that,” interior designer Henrietta Southam says. “Home is a safe place where you can’t take yourself too seriously.” So when Southam found this 1876 Victorian in the New Edinburgh area of Ottawa, Canada, she immediately envisioned a new home for her family furnished with finds from around the world, as well as pieces handed down from her parents. She also kept the home’s small rooms (no modern open plan for her), decorating them to highlight their distinctiveness with a sumptuous playfulness and eclectic joie de vivre.
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