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  • Nicknamed Bishop Brook, this stately property borders a brook and features a pasture and forest. The founding homeowners, the Bishops, farmed cranberries in the nearby bog.
  • Delorey repurposed the wide-plank flooring in the addition from the original parlour and dining room. “You’d never be able to do that with flooring today.”
  • A bronze grand tour bust of Apollo rests on the original fireplace in the parlour. “If you have classic pieces and have to dispose of them, you’ll get your money back on them,” says Archibald.
  • The formal dining room has a replica medallion and painted wood mouldings that match the original plasterwork. Sourced from a movie set in Vancouver, the dining table seats 14. A huge 18th-century mirror on the back wall elongates the space. The sideboard is English, early 1900s. The French chandelier was re-wired by McLellan Antiques in Halifax.
  • The kitchen is filled with modern touches such as subway tile, a large granite island, and stainless steel appliances.
  • The family room on the main floor is where Ian, Glen, and Kloe, their Portuguese water dog, spend most of their time. With new windows and spray-foam insulation, it’s a cozy spot to unwind. Leather sofa Ralph Lauren, carpet Restoration Hardware, linen club chairs Union Lighting and Furnishings; cocktail table is vintage William Switzer.
  • A 1950s Danish painting is flanked by two vintage photos of the home; the one on the left shows Ms. Bishop as a child on the property; the one on the right shows the home in the 1980s, when the Archibald family lived there. Table and the picture frames from Community Consignment Berwick; Georgian chairs from Archibald’s collection.
  • “We maintained the architecture of the formal parts of the house,” Archibald says. “The staircase, the mouldings, the fireplaces…they still feel like the original house.”
  • They kept the original staircase in the front corridor, with its elaborate beehive carving. The original matching light fixtures in the hallway upstairs date to the 1920s
  • Upstairs, the house went from having five bedrooms down to three, plus two new bathrooms. The guest room at the front had been Archibald’s parents’ room growing up. Like all the bedrooms, it had a popcorn ceiling that workers removed during the project.
  • Workers tore out the adjoining back hallway and staircase to make the ensuite bathroom. The sleek space boasts two sinks, a custom shower, and an ornate marble radiator cover that Archibald found on Kijiji.
  • The expansive property offers Archibald, Antonuk, and Kloe (the Portuguese water dog) plenty of space to play. “My dream is to have a vineyard on the property,” Antonuk says. “We have no desire to make wine, but we’d love to grow grapes here. The sandy soil is perfect for organic growing.”
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