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The Drake Devonshire is a Vintage Inspired Paradise

+tongtong’s vision for the Prince Edward Country outpost fuses old and new

By Sara Cunningham
Photography by Nikolas Koenig

Built on the site of the 1860s-era Wellington Iron Foundry in picturesque Prince Edward County, the 11 rooms and two suites in this +tongtong-designed inn irreverently fuse old and new. Whitewashed floors and custom tongue-and-groove headboards impart a beach house feel to the bedrooms, one of which offers vistas of Lake Ontario. Vintage furniture and artwork sourced from antique shows and flea markets serve as counterpoints to the brightly coloured walls and new, barn-like additions.

Rick Leong’s bird mural soars above a +tongtong-designed bed. The headboard was manufactured by Coletech Quality Woodworking with painted MDF and bent-metal edging.

“The Devonshire is at heart a historical property,” says Mia Nielsen, chief curator at The Drake, “so bringing in vintage paintings reinforces the sense of time and tradition.” But there are also moments of intrigue: the Owner’s Suite features a dormer ceiling designed to imitate a classic A-frame, with a private walkout deck overlooking the water.  thedrake.ca/drakedevonshire

The Takeaway

Nielsen insists that artworks need not “match” your bedroom – or each other. She asked Victoria artist Rick Leong to paint delicate murals above the beds, and Toronto collective Team Macho to tamper with vintage paintings, to add whimsical details to otherwise predictable landscapes.


Get the Look

Stria Bed by West Elm, from $1099.

2 Transit Bench by Gus Modern. Call for pricing.

3 Velvet Throw Pillows by Urban Outfitters, from $59.

4 Wooddrop Bedside Table by A. Jacob Marks, available at Hollace Cluny. Call for pricing.

Neighbourhood Watch Print by Team Macho, available at Magic Pony from $125.

6 Strandmon Wing Chair by IKEA, from $299.

7 Lövbacken Side Table by IKEA, from $70.

8 Curve Sconce by Lightmaker Studio, from $1290.


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