Chic Victorian row house

This sleek Halifax row house showcases multifunctional furniture, custom built-ins and dramatic local artwork.

Photos by: Steve Jess

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  • Catherine Clark and Edward Mowbray downsized from a much larger house to a more compact Halifax row house. “We live in all these rooms,” says Catherine. Artwork, "The Pit," by David Askevold. Calligaris dining table from Statement, lamp from Zephyr, drapes by Joanne Fabrics.
  • The exuberant pink chair in the living room gives a wink to tradition. Chairs, tuxedo sofa, tufted bench, all from Statement. Area rug from Zephyr.
  • Catherine and Edward love cooking together in a kitchen as functional as it is beautiful. Kitchen design by Ray Frizzell, built by Genuine Kitchens, quartzite island countertop by Nova Tile, stainless-steel Fisher & Paykel fridge from Sears.
  • When not in use, the parsons chairs in the dining room are arranged on specially constructed shelves. Shelving and built-ins designed by Ray Frizzell, built by Genuine Kitchens.
  • Edward’s study is at the front of the house overlooking the road. The velvet striped drapes and spiral motif carpet repeat in the other rooms upstairs. Over the bookcase is a photographic work by Vancouver artist Terry Ewasiuk.
  • Storage goes all the way to the ceiling to maximize space in the tiny kitchen, at just 3.5 by 4 metres. The artwork, "Isolated Thoughts 3," by Jessica Korderas, is under the window where it can be admired frequently.
  • The stairway is like a gallery, displaying artwork by Montreal-based artist Trevor Kiernander and Halifax’s Michael Lewis. At the end of the hallway is a bus shelter poster advertising an opera.
  • In the hallway, a painting by Acadian artist Roméo Savoie hangs over a rustic Chinese altar.
  • The mirrored vanity and black wallpaper with metallic print add glamour to the downstairs washroom. Wallpaper by Arte, available at Metro Wallcoverings.
  • The focus is all on the bed in Catherine and Edward’s bedroom. Swami storage bed by Calligaris, from Statement. Built-ins designed by Ray Frizzell, built by Genuine Kitchens.
  • The built-ins make it easy to keep Luke’s bedroom tidy. Solid wood bed from West Bros Furniture, leather chair from Project 9. "The Mother of All Invention" screen print on canvas by Michelle Saint Onge.
  • Painted a shade of grey-blue, the home is enlivened by a bright red front door. Paint colour Soot by Benjamin Moore from Acadia & Quigley’s Decorating Centre.
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