Gladstone's Canope House boasts a lifetime of history and class - an aspect Lisa Barr has proudly emphasised in her home decorating.
Gladstone's Canope House boasts a lifetime of history and class - an aspect Lisa Barr has proudly emphasised in her home decorating. Luka Kauzlaric

Colonial house a beauty with good vibe - no ghosts here

ONE step into Canope House will automatically transport you back to a time of black-and-white photos, shawls and bonnets.

The colonial-style Gladstone home on Kent St is a place of history and beauty.

Current owners Leesa and William Barr and their three children adored the historical home they purchased in 2010.

Mrs Barr renovated and added her own vintage design, adding value and class to the house.

"I really love staging and really tried to respect the era of the home and enhance the beauty of what it is," Mrs Barr said.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car garaged home with refreshing sea breezes was much larger than first anticipated.

"I've heard all kinds of stories about the house - people always ask is it haunted, but no, it has a really nice vibe," Mrs Barr said.

The home has two spacious living rooms, decked with intricate fretwork and glossy timber floors.

And a homey dining room, dazzling chandeliers, an attic, beer garden and cocktail deck and you have refined style and mystery.

Mrs Barr said the light fittings were all new.

Those featured in the living area cost as much as $15,000 for only three lights.

"We have painted the house and replaced all the light fittings and switches, new carpet, new laundry, all new tap fittings and upgraded the sprinkler system along with a lot of landscaping," Mrs Barr said, in relation to other renovations.

And while her favourite room was difficult to choose, Mrs Barr said she was fond of the couple's bedroom with bay windows and stained-glass windows.

A massive walk-in robe with custom-made furniture including a pull-out shoe rack and make-up drawer make the room the perfect female hideaway.

The main bathroom features a classic bathtub.

This overlooks the scenic garden which includes a beautiful jacaranda tree, playground, barbecue and tree-top spa.



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