Modern day homes with Jane Austen style - Metro US

Modern day homes with Jane Austen style

Old England inspires the design of the Windfields model home at King Country Estates to create a look that still feels modern in spirit.

The 4,536 square-foot model home at the Nobleton development shows off the best of traditional style melded with modern looks and proves that harmony between the two can make an eye-catching statement.

Designer Sabrina Albanese took her inspiration from the manor homes of old England, mixing Victorian-themed furniture with modern lines for a look that harkens back to the days of literature and country life.

“I wanted the home to have an old English manor type of style — there’s a strong equestrian theme that goes throughout the house. I imagined if Jane Austen moved to modern-day North America, this is what her New York home would look like,” Albanese said.

While neutral tones do form a base throughout the home, Albanese punched up the look with strong, vibrant splashes of colour throughout to make the space feel more alive and exciting.

Elements like the blue cashmere chairs in the living room and bold accents of gold and silver in the living and dining areas contrast against the long, charcoal grey drapes made from heavy linen and the mix of textures and colours is meant to elicit a dichotomy of personalities.

“The masculine colours are mixed with feminine colours to make the space more engaging and give it more character,” Albanese said.

The main dining area features dark-brown toned distressed leather chairs around an aged wooden dining table with French-style tulip legs juxtaposed against the white walls and dark drapes to create a traditionally elegant look that still feels modern.

The master bath features an impressive, tiled central tub and gold accents throughout which Albanese styled to match the look of a Venetian palazzo. The spacious master bedroom sees a more feminine design with subtle off-white tones and an emphasis on rounded lines and edges and softer textures.

“There’s a lot of silk and linen in the master bedroom because I’m attempting to make it feel more feminine. I just want it to feel really grand and decorative, like it has an old-world feel,” Albanese said.

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