The living room in this 1890’s home is such a warm cozy room. The walls and ceilings in this house are all original beadboard which have been mostly painted white to showcase Sappho’s collection of custom designed and primitive antique furniture. Her style, as she refers to it, is “collected”. Her furniture, art, decor, etc. have been amassed and edited over a period of 15 years. The common thread is a folky global style that she feels most comfortable with.
To help brighten up her North facing living room, she chose light and airy linen curtains by Thom Filicia from Kravet. They have the sweetest and tiniest silhouette of seagulls, just a hint of something fun and a reminder that this home is only two blocks from the ocean. The pouf is leather from Morrocco. The chest came from Folkart Interiors. The antique glass floats, shells balls and urchin wax candles came from Henhouse.
Here you get a glimpse of the original ceiling in it’s unusual design. Sappho used that same design when coming up with ideas for the South Shore kitchen she designed and featured here on our blog in the South Shore Series Part 3. The mirror and TV Armoire are both designed and finished by Sappho for Henhouse. Baskets from Henhouse a few years back.


This is the front entry way of home owner Sappho Griffin’s house. The Zebra print cowhide rug is a recent purchase. It will withstand the dirt from shoes and the graphic appeal is perfect against the more rough-hewn old pine floorboards and green painted antique cabinet. The painting is vintage from Quebec and a gift from mentor Dave Johnson from Folkart Interiors in Vancouver, BC.
This is the back entrance and most often used where a good amount of shoe clutter is concealed behind the vintage textile from India in lieu of closet doors, a gift from her parents’ travels. The black framed mirror is custom made from Henhouse and Sappho decided to paint the colour block a rich red (her favorite colour) to define the entry hall area and to help hide dirty fingerprints.


Metal pumpkin faces above and below by artist Jean Pierre Schoss from Dog Bite Steel in Uxbridge, Ontario. Items from the Henhouse a few years back.
Here at Henhouse, we receive many requests for holiday decorating tips this time of year. Our customers love to know how we decorate our homes and so with this in mind we felt, with our new blog, that this is the perfect venue for show and tell. We would like to showcase your homes that have inspired us and share our homes in hopes that they inspire you.

We will start off with co-owner Sappho Griffin’s home that is shared by her husband and their two girls in old Bedford. The house is circa 1890 and has been updated slowly over the last 10 years. Last year they dedicated their efforts to the exterior by fencing in the yard, creating an estate-like feeling (and the added bonus of keeping the children safe!), added a new front porch and french doors where none existed, a pergola over a side deck for outdoor eating, new lower windows (by Norwood), all new doors (by Marvin) and a mini tree/playhouse for the kids. The green/gray colour of the body of the house and soft putty trim colour painted in ’01 help it blend in with the natural surroundings. They decided to add a statement with bold black for all the doors/decking and red hot roof shingles. Here is the exterior of their home decorated for Fall and Halloween. Stay tuned for interior shots….


They say that Spring is the time of year for de-cluttering, organizing, and putting your house in ship- shape order but we at Henhouse feel that THIS is the time of year when the nesting instinct really kicks in. The weather is getting a little cooler, Thanksgiving and Christmas are looming and we all want to get organized after a summer of indoor neglect. We start to turn inwards to our homes and our desire to make our nest beautiful, cozy and organized is at the forefront of our minds. With this in mind, we have brought in stacks of baskets that are beautiful, functional and well made. Great for storing linens, magazines, paper work, toys, kindling, bathroom necessities, etc. these baskets are priced from $26.95-$89.95.

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