Who lives here: Henrietta Southam, her three children and their dog, Lava
Location: New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Canada
Size: 2,000 square feet (186 square meters)
Designer: Henrietta Southam
Henrietta Southam has lived in various styles of housing, including apartments and two condos she decorated. But this Victorian is her first detached home. She purchased the property in part because she “liked the rhythms in the house,” she says, and redoing the house would challenge her with her most complicated projects to date. She moved the front door — originally located inside the house — to the exterior, and replaced all of the windows across the front with a gridded style more appropriate to the home’s age.
Vintage pink Murano glass leaf sconces from the 1950s introduce the soft color into her home. “As a single parent, the ability to use pink in the entry and throughout the house was me saying, ‘I’m claiming my space,’ ” Southam says.
She replaced a window overlooking the garage with a wall where the ceramic mantle, found in Atlanta, and a painting now reside; she had cabinets put in and painted the same blue as in the painting. The linen-covered couch gives the room a relaxed look and contrasts with the more formal chairs, which were her father’s.
Southam also added a small galley or en suite bathroom on one side. “It’s pretty easy to enhance the value of a house by adding a room,” she says.