Gallery: A restless spirit

An hour’s drive south of St. John’s, Renews-Cappahayden is a rural community of about 300 people. The textures of the place and its sense of wild lands home to long grasses, howling winds, and spirited people, immediately enchanted Virginia Trieloff. And most of all, the charming saltbox houses. Read the full story about Trieloff’s home and love for this land here.

Darrell Edwards

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  • Treiloff’s salt-box home was built in 1952 by Pat Dunne. He and his wife Pauline raised their family in the home.
  • Antiques and art that Treiloff collects on her travels grace every room in the house. White space, and ample shelving are key to keeping the look curated rather than cluttered.
  • Treiloff looks up to the rafters of her bedroom and imagines how the ancestors lived. “West Indies and Newfoundland are very similar with hard labour cultures,” she says. “They both experienced trauma with the fish moratorium, and the sugar.”
  • The master bathroom features a deep soaker tub and a view of the church built in 1876.
  • Treiloff embraces textures and colours that mimic nature. The home’s traditional design makes it well-suited to this style.
  • The home is full of cozy nooks for reading and relaxing.
  • The ground floor guest bedroom features a walk in shower and views of the back yard.
  • Red accents on the front door, patio furniture and other accessories make the home’s traditional grey shingles pop.
  • The Annex is an art studio that doubles as a guest house. It features two bedrooms and an open concept floor plan.
  • Plum Tree Bluff Cottage was the first salt-box Treiloff restored. The Power family built the house circa 1860. Powers inhabited the home until 15 years ago when its last owner, Eddie, died at age 97.
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