In early 2018, art teacher Colin and his partner Matt, a banker, brooded. They had finished renovating their Toronto loft and were thrilled to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their hard work. However, the second the couple looked at the converted church in Warkworth, Ontario, everything changed: "When we saw the pictures, we immediately fell in love and made an offer the day we visited the property."
The converted church came on the market after the previous owner's death and, as Colin and Matt soon learned, had an interesting history. It was built in neo-Gothic style in 1887 and contains a collection of stained glass windows that throw a rainbow of light on Anglican parishioners. Believers were welcomed for almost 60 years until it closed in the late 1950s. It then stood empty for almost 15 years before it was converted into a private residence.
Before they could really start adding a chapter of their own to the history of the structure, Colin and Matt had to update the basics and better adapt the vacation home to their needs. For six months, the couple commuted between their main residence and Warkworth, overseeing the installation of new sanitary facilities, a new roof, and the addition of a bedroom and bathroom. The additions were particularly important: only when the footprint of the house was enlarged could the couple accommodate all of their friends in fine weather.
Once construction was complete, Colin and Matt decorated the 130-year-old building with three key elements that they knew would immediately be modernized: bold wallpaper, a thousand-year-old pink front door, and a matching pink bathroom. "Our goal in decorating was to maintain the magic and charm the house had when we first visited it, but to update it with our own fingertips," the two explain. The wallpaper above is in two bedrooms of the house. A moody row of trees in the loft suite reinforces the feeling of being above everything. In the guest room, an astrological narrative takes place on the walls.
It's been a year and a half since Colin and Matt took over the property, and yet the two hardly pass a weekend Not Drive the hour and a half to Warkworth. However, today it is not appropriate to meet with the contractor or review plans. It is to relax. When the church's pink front doors come into view, her worries (and those of the happy friends who accompanied her) seem to go away. –Garrett
Image above: “We wanted to keep the warm space / spirit of the previous owner and decided to keep everything we found temporarily in the church. (The gilded accents) are a little over the top – for us too – but we couldn't stand to part with them, and now this space is designed around them! "Tell Colin and Matt.