This couple bought an 1880s Victorian in Picton and got married on their porch six weeks later

This couple bought an 1880s Victorian in Picton and got married on their porch six weeks later

Who: Sarah Reid-Morris, a 40-year-old sociologist, and Kevin Reid-Morris, a 34-year-old independent strategy consultant

Or: Picton, Prince Edward County

One night in 2018, Kevin came across a story about a couple who had left town to settle in Newfoundland. At the time, he was living in a rented one-bedroom apartment in Parkdale with his girlfriend, Sarah, and their Bernedoodle, Henry.

They shared a hallway with a lower unit that their owner had turned into an Airbnb. “There were strangers inside and outside the house,” says Kevin. “At one point, a pair of Sarah’s shoes was stolen.” They were looking to move to a less hectic place with more space. Kevin proposed that they do something similar to the Newfoundland couple.

They moved to a 2,000 square foot townhouse near a ravine in Oakville to test the waters, not too far from the Toronto scene they always loved. “Space and quiet was really desirable for us, even though Oakville wasn’t quite Newfoundland,” says Kevin.

In May 2020, working remotely in the peaceful suburb of the city, Kevin and Sarah were ready to buy their first real home. They set their sights on picturesque Prince Edward County, where they had often taken their vacations, as they didn’t need to be near the city to work. As the first wave of the pandemic was in full swing early last summer, it was a buyer’s market.

During a weekend open house blitz, Kevin and Sarah visited about two dozen properties in person. None was quite right. Finally, while crossing the county, Sarah noticed a house with a porch. “There was no sign for sale, but I had seen it on MLS, so I knew it was available,” says Kevin.

They contacted their agent to ask for a visit, and an hour later they were inside. The place had 3,000 square feet of space, 14-inch baseboards, and five bedrooms – and there was a new two-story carriage house next door. . They made an offer, and a few days later the house was theirs, with a closing date for the end of September.

“We never thought we would be in a place like this,” says Kevin. “It’s old, it’s Victorian, but it gave us everything we wanted and more.”

After moving in, they bought a hundred pieces of furniture on Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji, and painted the exterior and the rooms. With sustainability a priority, they added insulation to the attic and elsewhere which made the house 40% more energy efficient. Sarah created an office at the back of the house and Kevin took over the shed.

Kevin and Sarah love life in their new home. After work in the warmer months, they often jump into the lake for a swim on one of PEC’s beaches, and they have become avid wine lovers, tasting the county’s many wineries.

They got engaged in June 2019 but had to call off their marriage twice due to Covid, so six weeks after moving in they decided to hang on to the porch. They invited 10 family members and a photographer to come celebrate in their new home.

On the wedding day, a motley team of smiling, disguised friends – and neighbors holding sparklers – gathered on the sidewalk. After the ceremony, rented patio heaters kept everyone warm for the reception in the courtyard. “It was low key but extremely special,” says Kevin.

Guests ate bowls of family-style pasta, chicken and eggplant parmesan, plus cold cuts, arancini and squid from Seven Numbers, their favorite Italian restaurant on Picton’s Main Street. Everyone drank wine in the garage, mostly from Rosehall Run and Hinterland Wine Company, the two county favorites. “There were more neighbors than guests,” says Kevin. “The cars were stopped, people were honking their horns.”

The custom-molded porch dogs, made in Guelph, are a tribute to ancient limestone statues found in English and Italian gardens. Coincidentally, Kevin and Sarah recently learned that the previous owner had two real waste pickers hanging on the porch:

Here is the rest of the porch. They repainted the beige shutters in the original black:

Kevin and Sarah loved the existing tiled entrance, which reminded them of the ancient halls and terraces of Florence and Tuscany. The console comes from West Elm:

Most of the furniture, including the rug and John James Audubon’s “American White Pelican” print, was purchased from the Facebook Marketplace. “The Eames chair was one of the first decent pieces of furniture Kevin bought over 10 years ago, and it’s been with us ever since,” Sarah explains:

“We love the fun, warmth and rock and roll vibes of animal prints. We love animals, so no real skins for us, ”Sarah says. Animal motifs carry throughout the house:

To brighten up the house, Kevin and Sarah painted the interior in Chantilly lace by Benjamin Moore. “At the beginning, I was full of energy. I thought I could paint the whole house in two days, ”says Kevin. In fact, he needed to recruit friends to help him:

There are 80 candles in the alcove, which the couple set up after the wedding. “They ended up looking cool, so we left them,” Kevin says. Battery operated ones emit a dreamlike glow at night:

Another find from the Marketplace, the wall lamp is a fake Serge Mouille. The abstract acrylic painting “Flowers in the City # 2” is by Vivian Bennett, an artist based in Alberta:

They replaced the recessed lamps in the hallway with spectacular IKEA pendants. Between these and the wall lights, the couple exchanged more than 50 lights for low-consumption bulbs:

Here is the master bedroom:

And here is a guest room:

The kitchen captures the sunrise on one side and the sunset on the other. The French bistro chandelier is from Facebook Marketplace. It didn’t work when they got it, despite the seller’s promises, so Kevin’s dad had to plug it back in. Kevin and Sarah bought the Crate and Barrel Marble Covered Island from a bakery:

So far, they’ve only been able to accommodate immediate family, but the dining room still becomes the center of the action. “We both love to garden,” Sarah says. “The foliage in the tall vase is fresh cuttings from our garden.” They also pick up flowers at Floralora at the Picton Farmer’s Market and Coriandre Girl:

The chairs on the screened porch face the side garden and a huge maple tree. “It’s the most comfortable room in the house, and the original floors and pine ceiling make it smell amazing,” Sarah explains:

Here is the yard:

And here is Henry, a good boy, posing in the light of the golden hours:

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