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Steal This Look: A Lush Country Living Room in the Canadian Wilds

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Steal This Look: A Lush Country Living Room in the Canadian Wilds

August 30, 2022

When John and Juli Baker of Toronto shop Mjölk bought an 1800s farming stone house north of Lake Ontario, it was an impulse. In spite of that fact, the interior came together quite thoughtfully courtesy of their signature Scandinavian-meets-Japanese style (see their city apartment for more). The living area is a warm yet rustic compilation of classic midcentury design, antiques scored at auction, and decor curated from their own selection at Mjölk. Here are the key elements of the look.

john and juli sourced the salvaged fireplace surround tiles from lindholm  9
Above: John and Juli sourced the salvaged fireplace surround tiles from Lindholm Kakelugn, a Swedish reclamation company, working with their builder to install a new masonry firebox and a flue channel. Photograph by Juli Baker from An Antique Stone House Revived, from John and Juli Baker of Mjolk in Toronto.
the room is designed with light wood and warm tones. “we sanded the orig 10
Above: The room is designed with light wood and warm tones. “We sanded the original floors and applied lye and soap to get the pale natural look,” John says. Photograph by Juli Baker from An Antique Stone House Revived, from John and Juli Baker of Mjolk in Toronto.

Materials

the walls are finished in lime fresco paint from pure & original; seen here 11
Above: The walls are finished in lime fresco paint from Pure & Original; seen here is the Milk White pigment.

Lighting & Furniture

the floor lamp is the hase bl brass and leather floor lamp; \$3,995 cad (\$3,07 12
Above: The floor lamp is the Hase BL Brass and Leather Floor Lamp; $3,995 CAD ($3,070 USD approximately).
the sofa is the mayor sofa by arne jacobsen and flemming lassen for &tradit 13
Above: The sofa is the Mayor Sofa by Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen for &Tradition. John and Juli finished it in the below Kvadrat fabric.
the sofa is finished in a warm shade of cotton velvet from kvadrat. the sahco c 14
Above: The sofa is finished in a warm shade of cotton velvet from Kvadrat. The Sahco Cotton Velour in Cuba is a close match.
the peacock chair was designed by hans wegner for pp møbler and is availab 15
Above: The Peacock Chair was designed by Hans Wegner for PP Møbler and is available at Danish Design Store.
the coffee table is the &tradition fly coffee table in smoke oak and nero m 16
Above: The coffee table is the &Tradition Fly Coffee Table in Smoke Oak and Nero Marquina; €1,631.
a similar side table to the vintage/antique one seen near the armchairs is the  17
Above: A similar side table to the vintage/antique one seen near the armchairs is the Mjölk Horshima Side Table; $1,340 CAD ($1,030 USD approximately).

Textiles

a similar sheepskin is the gotland sheepskin in lighter gray; \$3\25 at hygge l 18
Above: A similar sheepskin is the Gotland Sheepskin in Lighter Gray; $325 at Hygge Life.
the märta måås fjetterström snäckorna rug, designed by 19
Above: The Märta Måås-Fjetterström Snäckorna Rug, designed by Barbro Nilsson in 1943, was won at auction. It’s also available at Mansour; contact for price and ordering information.

Accessories

a similar vase to the glass vase on the coffee table is the ilse crawford for l 20
Above: A similar vase to the glass vase on the coffee table is the Ilse Crawford for Lobmeyr Large Vase; $415 at MARCH.
the brass fire tools by thom fougere for mjölk are \$\1,595 cad for the se 21
Above: The Brass Fire Tools by Thom Fougere for Mjölk are $1,595 CAD for the set ($1,225 USD approximately).
designed by fredrik bull, the akolytt candle holder is \$4\25 cad (\$3\25 usd)  22
Above: Designed by Fredrik Bull, the Akolytt Candle Holder is $425 CAD ($325 USD) at Mjölk.
the brass candle stand is \$\2\25 cad (\$\173 usd) at mjölk. 23
Above: The Brass Candle Stand is $225 CAD ($173 USD) at Mjölk.

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