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How a 19th-Century Prince Edward County Estate Embraced Sultry 1970s Design

In the mid-1800s, the Wilkinson family purchased a 15-acre plot of land in Prince Edward County and built a sprawling, three-bedroom house beside the forest. Fast forward to 2017, and the property was up for sale. Jaime Kowal, a photographer and founder of The Desert Collective, and her business partner Aaron David, drove down a quiet country road one June day to visit the place. They were immediately blown away by the soaring 25-foot ceilings in the great room, the lush landscape and the glassed-in solarium at the back of the house. Jaime and Aaron purchased the property and started renovations as soon as they got the keys. They planned to convert the space into a rentable family getaway, aptly named “The Wilk,” and their aesthetic approach zeroed in on luxe 1970s design.

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