Local skilled craftsmen and distinguished quilter set this home apart
The St. James’ Church Women’s Country Homes Tour is soon - June 1, and included in the tour this year will be the recently renovated home of Samia Karim and Stephane McGarry. Situated on Main Road in the heart of the village, this attractive two-tiered vintage home overlooks a view of Lake of Two Mountains in the distance.
A sophisticated colour palette consists of a black roof, black shutters and front door. A white railing accentuates the front porch and the windows are highlighted with white trim. Three-sided bay windows which protrude on either side of the doorway bestow a sense of harmonious proportions to this appealing grey clapboard home.
The bright entrance hall is a lovely neutral putty shade which extends to the newly renovated, inviting open kitchen. A large picture window captivates a view of the lake beyond. The striking black granite countertop is echoed in the large center island with accompanying barstools, which nicely transitions the kitchen area into the adjoining living room. A lovely antique plank floor extends throughout, including the cozy, contemporary living room with comfortable furnishings and its inspiring view.
The elegant dining room table seats 10. A lovely homemade quilt hanging on one wall adds a pop of colour with its decorative design of red poppies, created by well-known quilter Barbara Karim. She has produced all the other quilts seen throughout the house as she is Samia’s talented mother. Off the dining room is a small home office.
An outdoor summer porch which extends from a solarium next to the kitchen overlooks the back garden and the lake.
The recent renovations consist of a large custom designed office, a side entrance hall and a laundry room/mud room. Among the local craftsmen who contributed to the excellent design and workmanship were Charles Sorenson, Chris Law, Graham Thompson and Clark Hodgson, with interior design consultation by Robin Dodds Hannah.
Upstairs are three bedrooms. The son’s room, a vibrant blue, displays a complex quilt of intricate design dedicated to the son from his grandmother. The daughter’s room, pretty in pink, is embellished with a large whimsical ceiling light of white cut-out daisies. Their antique iron beds, now painted white, were once the beds of their mother and aunt.
The master bedroom is bright and airy with a king-sized mahogany bed. The bath ensuite contains a walk-in shower and an adjoining bathtub, highlighted by a pretty chandelier. A second family bathroom completes the upstairs.
A bright finished basement with more picture windows is another area from which to appreciate the lovely view of the lake. It contains a separate bedroom, a children’s playroom and a TV lounge, all tastefully appointed inviting leisurely living. The women of St James are delighted to showcase this lovely home on the tour on June 1st.
Tickets are available at the following outlets:
Décors & Tissus Sérénity
67 Cameron Street
Centre Décor Hudson
33 Yacht Club Road
Boutique Alena Kirby
3200 route Harwood
274 Lakeshore Road
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