This is the tenth Hello! Neighbour post I have done and with each one I reach a little further out from my network of friends to discover new homes and places. I first learned about Jenny Francis from her blog which I came across when looking for a web designer (not only is she an architect but a graphic designer as well). She had a post about a Parkdale Victorian which immediately caught my eye. I loved the images of the exposed timber wood ceiling and cutout in the hallway and immediately started wondering if I could do the same thing to my Parkdale Victorian. Then a few months later, I was flipping through an issue of DesignLines magazine when I spotted not only the same beautiful ceiling but a long horizontal mirror that looked eerily familiar. I knew that mirror, it was a vintage find that got away! I was so upset about missing out on that mirror that I actually blogged about it here. I now knew not only who owned the beautiful Victorian house but the mirror as well, none other than Jenny Francis, herself. So, I reached out and sent her an email and asked her if we could tour her house. Of course, she said yes. Enjoy the tour!
Jenny Francis, principal and owner of Jenny Francis Design
How long have you lived in your home?
Any animals, kids?
2 charcoal grey cats
What is your favorite room?
The ground floor living/dining room. We have had fantastic dinner parties at this long table. It feels good to be in it.
What is your favorite object/thing/moment in your home?
The custom pieces that I have designed are special to me, such as the cocktail tables and the walnut dresser in the bedroom.
What are your future plans for the home?
Additional renovations are planned, for the exterior of the house, the upstairs (new bathroom, new custom closets) and we are considering turning the laneway garage into a little studio.
Anything you would change?
Yes certainly - the house is small and so every design move must be considered very carefully - we haven't touched certain areas yet but refinements are definitely planned.
Best thing about living in Parkdale?
It's a vibrant neighborhood, with a wonderful mix of cultures. It feels as though it's constantly changing and improving, which generates an energy that is exciting to be a part of.
What original feature(s) of your home will you never get rid of?
One of the nice things about the house is that none of the original interior partitions or finishes were precious, and so we could strip things back to a crisp, clean new space. The house is solid and well proportioned, but other than that, there is little we would hesitate to change. We would never get rid of the amazing douglas fir joists that we have exposed in the ceiling though - the wood is beautiful.
Thanks Jenny for letting us inside your home! I'm happy the mirror went to a good home. It looks absolutely perfect above your dresser. It was obviously meant to be.
All photographs by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book.
Credits:Image 1 - Wicker couch: InAbstracto - Brass edged cocktail table: Custom designed by Jenny Francis for Hotel Le Germain - Ottoman: 3rd Uncle for the Drake Hotel Image 2 - Coat hook: Eames Hang-It-All - Scarf: Virginia Johnson Image 3 - Baskets: Hollace Cluny - Jielde Lamp: Inside Modern Living - Framed photo: framing by Soho Framing Image 4 - Rolling bar cart: vintage stand, custom corian top - Stool: Tolix - Chair: vintage, reupholstered by The Big Stuff - Mirror: from Chatelet - Blanket: from Istanbul textiles market - Pillow: from Fluf Image 5 - Stools: Tolix - Chairs: Caban Image 6 - Brass edged cafe table: Custom designed by Jenny Francis for Hotel Le Germain Image 7 - Mirror: vintage from Queen West Antiques - Walnut dresser: custom, designed by Jenny Francis - Side chair: vintage, from Machine Age Modern - Pillows: Assorted, from Fluf, Caban, Dwell Studio - Basket: West Elm Image 8 - Framed prints: Top by George Taxali, bottom - lino cut bookplates - Lamp, stool, case: all vintage - Bedspread: from Istanbul textiles market Image 9 - Mirror and framed photo: framed by Soho Framing - Light: combination of vintage parts - Dresser: vintage from Bungalow Image 10 - Rolling table: vintage stand, custom solid walnut top