Take a tour of this cozy family-friendly retreat bursting with farmhouse chic.
“I call it the House of Pink,” says designer Margie Doyle White
. That’s not to say that this home in Toronto’s historical Cabbagetown neighbourhood
is anywhere near girly or frou-frou. A neutral palette, a mix of traditional items with a few modern pieces and strong architectural character keep this 3,000-square-foot detached Victorian sophisticated and refined. And, in fact, so does the pink.
When Raewyn and Charlie Fahlenbock purchased the house in 2014 for its coveted location, spacious layout (the structure was actually two dilapidated semi-detached rowhouses that were restored and turned into one home eight years ago) and good bones, the interior’s orange and brown palette was out of sync with its ultra-charming exterior. “It was a relatively new reno, but it made me think of macramé hanging planters
,” says Margie. “On the outside, you saw this beautiful Victorian, but once inside, you felt like you were stuck in the ’70s. The two didn’t talk to each other.”
Charlie, a sales manager, and Raewyn, a stay-at-home mom taking time off from managing her family’s horse-breeding operation, share the house with their daughters, Olive, 2, and five-month-old Juniper. The couple wanted to bring back the property’s original charm, as well as create a cozy family-friendly retreat with a farmhouse feel.