Cottage Living

Photo via:  Veranda Magazine

Photo via: Veranda Magazine

While we aren't lucky enough to live near the ocean in many Canadian cities like Montreal or Toronto, "cottage country" is SO close by and there are literally thousands of charming towns considered by many as the perfect weekend retreat. Whether frequented all year round or only during the summer months, you really do feel get the 'vacation feel' and 'country vibe' only a few hours away from your city home. Cottages tend to stay in the family for decades, come with so many amazing memories, and are often packed with so much charm and character - you are truly lucky if you can say this is true for your family also!

Whether it is by the sea, on the most perfect lake, or in the middle of no where, below are some of my favourite cottages/country homes/lake houses/chalets/beach homes.......or whatever you choose to call them!

The cottage below belongs to Allison Wilson of Sarah Richardson Design. It is simply stunning. I mean imagine drinks on that deck!?! The blue cushions play off the siding of the cottage and the water (obviously), which can be seen in the reflection of the window. Keeping the furniture neutral by using natural materials allows the pieces to blend in with the deck and surroundings.

Photo via:  House & Home

Photo via: House & Home

Allison kept the family room neutral (probably letting the view from that window speak for itself) and filled the space with unique accents. This looks like a great place to curl up on a rainy day or cold evening.

Photo via:  House & Home

Photo via: House & Home

Can you imagine eating dinner here as the sun sets?!?  Or coffee in the morning?!? This space in Algonquin Park by Colette van den Thillart is one of my favourites! The black and white cushions are classic while the neutral table setting and ample candlelight serve as the perfect backdrop for a home cooked meal (and wine of course!). 

Photo via:  Veranda Magazine

Photo via: Veranda Magazine

The space below belongs to Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley. The cottage, nestled in the hills of Connecticut's Litchfield County may not look like a typical cottage - but the eclectic mix of elements keep the look traditional and work great with the exposed wood ceiling. The natural light in this space is amazing!

Photo via:  ELLE DECOR

Photo via: ELLE DECOR

Sometimes wood panelling may feel outdated and dark, but the Muskoka cottage below designed by Margot Bell of Peaks and Rafters proves that wood panelling can work! The white sofa and light rug keep the room from feeling too dark but allowing it to maintain that cozy 'cottage feeling'. If you have wood panelling and a large window, think about foregoing drapery - you will want to get as much light as you can in the room - as seen below. The large window also creates a perfect seating area for extra seating and great views!

Photo via:  Peaks and Rafters

No words are needed for the amazing Hamptons homes below. Who wouldn't want to spend their summers here!?! The classic and relaxed East Coast style is among my favourites! So beautiful. The bright and airy living room is so inviting and the French doors create that indoor/outdoor feel, which is what summer is all about!

Photo via:  MKL Construction

Photo via: MKL Construction

Photo via:  ELLE DECOR

Photo via: ELLE DECOR

Another iconic East Coast summer vacation spot: Nantucket! The living room below by Jeffrey Alan Marks really caught my eye earlier this Summer. The layered rugs and hints of red really tie the room together (I usually HATE red....but here I love it!). This room is serving as my inspiration for a den project!

Photo via:  House & Home

Photo via: House & Home

Happy long weekend everyone!