hello! neighbor – brad & jude

Almost two years ago to the day I profiled the country home of Paul and Rachel in the small Ontario town of Orono. It has proven to be one of my most popular posts of all time. Today we are returning to the same rural community for a tour of Brad and Jude’s house, friends of Rachel and Paul’s. The design sensibility is surprisingly similar – an eclectic, flea market aesthetic mixed with historical Victorian architecture. The result is a whimsical almost fairy tale like home that is bursting with colour and little discoveries at every turn.

Enjoy the tour!


Names: Bradley Mac Arthur & Jude Allison




Brad: Iron worker, wood worker, Singer songwriter, musician

Jude: Interior decorator




Kids, pets : Empty nesters –  7 grown children, 2 Grand babes


Year Home was Built- 1854



How long have you lived in the home- 11 years


What is your favorite rooms and why?

Brad: The Red Room. Its where I create, record and play music

Jude: Our Bedroom, I love to open my eyes and watch the way the morning light gently plays in the space.





How did you find your home?

Brad: Jude was living in Orono at the time and told me about the house, I’ve always believed the house found me.

Jude:  It’s a super long story but a really good one. As Brad mentioned I moved to Orono first and strangely THIS house played a huge role in my decision to move here. When we chose to blend our families and sell my previous house I felt like I was moving home.



How did you end up living in Orono?

Brad: The minute I walked into the house I knew this was somewhere I could truly live.

Jude: I had no desire to “live in the country” and was actually quite terrified of rural sensibilities. I stumbled upon this wee village in pursuit of an affordable century home that I could restore. What I found was so much more including an incredible place to raise kids, a community of like minded people and a Mecca of all things creative.


What did your home look like when you first saw it?

The previous owners were purists in primitive colours and antiques. Fortunately they had completed most of the bull work and brought it back to the original floor plan. We have incorporated our own signature throughout by changing out paint colours, light fixtures kitchen and baths. We always try to inject a current aesthetic while maintaining respect for the architectural integrity.


What would your dream house look like?

We have been planning a lifestyle shift and have been looking for a country property for over two years. When we find that “sweet spot”  its our intention to build an open concept, timbre framed barn and infuse it with vintage architectural salvage.


What was the last thing you purchased for your home?

Brad recently reworked the tin ceiling in the Grand room and incorporated some decorative timber framing. We are now shopping for gold toned sputnik light for that room.


Thanks Jude and Brad.

And before we go, the winner by random draw of the 8 x 10 gouache by Sarah Lazarovic is Jen from Rambling Renovators. Congratulations Jen! I’ll be in touch shortly.

All photos by Sian Richards for The Marion House Book.

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  1. Posted March 18, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    Possibly my favourite house tour ever!

    What a perfect antidote to this gloomy, blustery morning!

    Thanks, guys! xx

  2. Katherine
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

    Oh I would love to be invited to coffee in that house! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Posted March 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

    All the yellow and the bright saturated colors. What a truly unique home…thanks for sharing!

  4. Posted March 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

    The Peace house (and Brad and Jude) played a major role in our decision to pull up stakes and move to the country. The house, their lifestyle and the endless source of creativity that surrounds them is a huge inspiration always. The house called to us too, it has it’s own magic happening! XO

  5. Posted March 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM | Permalink

    Not my ideal house but I still love it! It seems to fit your personality

  6. Posted March 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

    The colour palette and textures in this home are to die for!

  7. Deborah
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for this visit. The Peace House is my favourite place to spend leisure time….there is just something about that house, and it’s inhabitants, that bring out the best in you, and bring you, well, peace (not to mention a coffee, a treat, or a bourbon!) when you’re there. My daughter has chosen to work out the finishing touches on her next album there, with Brad’s guidance, for this very reason. The cosmos has indeed converged something great on that spot. There is always something exciting, fun, new, wonderful going on. Love you B & J!!!

  8. Pam
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

    I love the shots taken of the knick knacks in the house, that’s the part I love about it, there are never ending treats for the eyes to spy! Jude and Brad’s talents for “putting it all together” (not sure how else to put it) The house and Brad and Jude wrap you in warmth whenever you visit. Love you both and always looking forward to the next project. :)

  9. Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM | Permalink

    The pink floored living room stole my heart! It is so “baba-cool!”
    My heart melted for the little baby knit aside the vintage mirror as well… Wow this entire home looks like such an inspiring playground for a stylist!! I would Instagram everything! ;)

  10. Teri Bell
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM | Permalink

    I have always love Jude”s style and love of all things. We onced stopped to pick up manaquin heads that where in the garbage. Teri

  11. Posted April 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    What a fantastic home! I love their style! Everything is so pretty!

  12. Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:22 AM | Permalink

    A breath of warmth and fresh air. Thank you.

  13. Natika
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

    I saw that entry way on Apartment Therapy and knew I had to see the rest of the house. Spectacular!

  14. Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    soooooooo nice!

  15. Sean
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    Is it possible to find out some of the specific paint colors that were used in the house?

  16. Posted January 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    @Sean – Check out the October issue of House and Home magazine. They ran the story and there was some mentions of the paint colours. Or get in touch with the homeowner Jude Allison – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jude-allison/22/8aa/356

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