Before & After: A Country Home Gets A Powder Room & Living Room Update

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Marcella DiLonardo is a freelance lifestyle photographer and her husband, Justin Jones, works in insurance — together they have the lifestyle blog Hey Modest Marce. They recently swapped the city life of Toronto for the more slowly-paced country life of Fonthill, Ontario (outside of Niagara). The couple had fallen in love with this home when they first saw the listing last spring, but it was just out of their budget. As luck would have it, it was still on the market by the summer, when the couple had saved more for their down payment, and they were able to make an offer. Their first home just happened to be their dream home. The house, although in the country, is still close to markets, and they’re lucky enough to have a hiking trail at the back of the property that they hike every weekend. The downtown, which Marcella admits is a little different from what she would have referred to as the downtown area in Toronto, is just a few steps away, as is an apple orchard. If the description of the outside sounds charming, the inside is equally so.

Despite the fact that Marcella and Justin have only lived in their home for a handful of months, they’ve already begun making it their own. They were lucky to have found a home (dream home, no less!) that was move-in ready — all that was left to do was make it feel personalized. Marcella immediately got to work putting her stamp on the powder and living rooms. As someone who appreciates the charm that comes with an older home, Marcella wanted to be sure to keep all of that intact — and, in fact, add as much back in as she could.

Marcella has mostly kept to a grey-with-white-accents palette that allows the beautiful original trim and details to stand out while still making the home feel warm and inviting. She shares her inspiration behind the palette, “I love how the mix of white, greys and wood [looks] together. It is so homey, but still elegant.”

The powder room was where she felt like she could have a little more fun with color; it was a previous add-on, meaning she could be less precious about updates she wanted to make as she wouldn’t be losing any original details. The wallpaper she chose for the powder room, called “Apothecary Garden” by Trust Worth, is actually a print from 1926, which goes amazingly well with their 1928 home. Trying to add in more of those original details that were left out in the addition, she added Delta’s Victorian line of fixtures and faucets to create a more seamless continuation of the home’s age. While the home was already one-of-a-kind, adding vintage-inspired wallpaper and light fixtures was a top priority to give the home its due and revel in its history.

The projects will continue for a while, something the couple embraces. Next on the docket in the new year is taking on the two-and-a-half/third floor loft with exposed beams and angled ceilings. We can’t wait to see what else this couple creates in their beautiful new home. —Rebekah

Photography by Marcella DiLonardo



Powder Room

-wallpaper: Apothecary Garden by Trust Worth Studios
-wainscotting & trim paint: Wevet in Estate Emulsion by Farrow & Ball
-linens (Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Bath Mat): Rough Linen’s Bath Makeover in Natural
-sconce lights: Cedar & Moss Wyatt Sconce in Walnut & Brass
-mirror: Wayfair
-faucet: Delta Two Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet in Champagne Bronze
tissue holder, towel bar & towel ring: Delta Victorian in Champagne Bronze
-door hook: Delta Victorian Double Robe Hook in Champagne Bronze

Living Room

-wallpaper: Farrow & Ball Amime BP 4401
-fireplace, mantel & wood trim paint: Farrow & Ball Wevet in Estate Eggshell
-wall paint: Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone in Estate Emulsion
fireplace accessories, log holder, mirror, candle sticks, sheepskin throw, brass lanterns & vase: Crate & Barrel
faux antlers & floor lamp: Restoration Hardware
-area rug: Rejuvenation
-curtains: Rough Linen in Natural Orkney
couch, reading chair, table lamp & reclaimed apple crates (no longer available): West Elm
-all pillows (linen & mudcloth): Loom Goods
-vase: Convivial Production
brass curtain rod + Antler Finials: Anthropologie
-custom frame of Buddy Holly: Framebridge
-wool blanket: Pendleton
-coffee table: handmade by Marcella and Justin

  1. Jessica says:

    Lovely space! That bathroom wallpaper is so pretty.

  2. Sabrina says:

    It looks gorgeous! I love both wallpaper prints.

  3. Lin says:

    I am in love with your fireplace and wallpaper! The bathroom has such wonderful feel to the design. I do have to say one thing that drives me crazy is a toilet lid that it up!!! My husband gave in when we married and keeps it down and for that I am grateful. It just seems to me it is like a cabinet door that is open when the lid it left up. Plus I am accident prone and would surely drop something in there! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

  4. VHFAN5150 says:

    The gold faucets are amazing. Love the marble in front of the fireplace! Have you ever considered adding a black and white striped guitar as part of the décor? This house rocks!

  5. Sophia says:

    I am still always amazed at what a difference something as simple as adding wallpaper can make! Love this transformation. The living room is a lot cosier now. I am currently planning my living room renovation as well and found this cool app that lets you estimate the cost of a renovation project and calculate the return on investment for free: really is helpful!

  6. Obsessed with that Trust Worth Studios wallpaper!! 😍


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