Situated on seven acres in pastoral Canada, see how this 1878 heritage house was revived with modern design. You’ll be inspired with the renovations of this historic interior designer’s home!
As you drive onto the property of the home known as BannockBurn 1878, it’s evident that there is history behind the lush landscape. Located near Southwestern Ontario’s Maitland River, the building of this estate was started in 1876 by pioneer Scotsman James McFarland. Back in the horse and buggy days construction was quite the affair of hand building one stone at a time.
BannockBurn 1878 – Heritage House Design
As with many old homes, when designer Cynthia Weber and her husband Kent first purchased the home it needed work. Previous remodels left much to be desired with peach walls and oddly placed kitchen cabinets.
Abundant light illuminates the entry foyer that is painted in Cynthia’s signature black and white colors. Minimal furnishings include a large landscape painting by her late uncle, famed international artist Peter Etril Snyder. Cynthia holds the copyright to her uncle’s work and the story is quite fascinating. She is taking Peter’s work and making it available for present and future generations and it’s a must see on her website – HERE
The foyer from another angle that leads you into the kitchen that carries on the dramatic black and white. A “before renovation” is is shown below. Sadly, Cynthia and Kent’s beloved 13 year old mini Dachshund Emmitt (pictured) passed away just last week.
The kitchen was gutted leaving only the original planked ceiling intact. Shaker cabinetry, butcher block counters and an apron sink stay true to the farmhouse style of this heritage house design.
The year of the homestead’s completion 1878 has been stenciled above the sink paying homage to the era.
The striking cabinets were designed by Cynthia and built by local Mennonite craftsmen. The European farmhouse design
with its rustic charm is enhanced by elements such as the large pendant chandelier, nailhead trim barstools and built in wine rack.
Large corbels fashioned by the Mennonite craftsmen according to Cynthia’s specifications were key in creating a useful and stylish chalkboard. The countertop has a unique inset of blue agate. Cynthia’s husband Kent is an avid woodworker and created the cake stand and cutting board.
With a small footprint the round dining table was a necessity. Antique woods and a mix of European furniture and a versatile bench that can be pulled up to the table or used as a sitting area unto its own.
Pale floors run throughout the main floor of the home giving it flow, while the black accents add contrast to the design. The floors are new and stained with a transparent stain over white oak that will mellow over time. Paint colors used throughout designer Cynthia Weber’s home are custom.
The living room is filled with curated pieces that amplify the European farmhouse design. Kent hand crafted the ottoman.
Simplicity and usability in Cynthia’s design studio, where she focuses on her daily work.
As most homeowners know well, renovations need to be accomplished over time as budget permits. A mini master bedroom makeover is a temporary DIY solution. It is a functional space but a very small room. “At some point we will tackle a large remodel upstairs to accommodate a more substantial master suite.”
“To get us through until the time we can do a major overhaul on the master bathroom we decided to do a few quick updates. We painted the box store vanity, added a vintage oval mirror and swapped out the old shower stall for this kit with black glass doors. We installed a simple large subway tile and I painted the vinyl floor for a touch of whimsy.”
Outdoors on the porch the cushions are covered in classic black and white stripes that is outdoor fabric.
A sense of history prevails beyond the old black walnut tree in the verdant landscape of this heritage house.
Simple farmhouse shelf styling.
The water trough and herb Garden at BannockBurn.
Willow at the herb garden.
I hope that you found Cynthia’s home to be inspiring! If so…then you MUST head over and visit her on Instagram for daily posts at Cynthia Weber Design and her website Cynthia Weber DDA. Find Cynthia on these social media sites as well – PINTEREST and FACEBOOK.
Check out this recent European Farmhouse Style Home Tour as well!
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