Texture is an important element when designing a space, whether it’s smooth and sleek, or more rough and varied. These are some examples that we have used in our client’s interiors recently to create a warm, more casual feel for their vacation home. The woven shade on Currey & Company’s pendant, Palecek’s swivel woven stools, and the herringbone wool bedroom carpet. When you are working with a neutral palette, it’s especially important to layer a variety of textures in elements like wood and textiles chosen for furnishings, bedding and window coverings. I think we have succeeded in creating an inviting and relaxing escape!
We have been busy designing outdoor spaces for our client’s cottages. April is a good month to plan your space, making sure you have enough seating, while coordinating your furnishings and accents. Outdoor wicker is more popular than ever, and the all-weather weaves have improved greatly over the past few years. Wicker is a timeless choice, a good investment.
The ‘Hampshire’ above is available through Restoration Hardware. These classic lines perfect for the cottage!
Even the selection of outdoor fabric has grown, a great jump into bold patterns and colours, from the solids and awning stripes of years past. You will see more geometrics and ikats that have been popular for indoor spaces. Some colourful Robert Allen outdoor fabrics we have spotted below, to accent our seating…
For some quick ready made options, we love these from West Elm..
We’ve been sourcing a great deal of lighting lately for our clients. Even though there are many suppliers, and thousands of choices, they tend to start looking the same. So, why not choose a whimsical light fixture for your home or cottage? It’s fun and can lightens the mood in your space. This chandelier was spotted by our client recently for their cottage-
There have been more options in the recent years when looking to ‘shop green’ for our client’s homes and cottages. We were very happy with our custom leather bed from Brentwood Classics, and beautiful sofa by Cisco Brothers pictured here. Something to keep in mind the when you look for your next piece of upholstery.
Our slabs have been sourced and our client’s custom 9ft dining table is underway! It’s a delight working with talented craftspeople, like Andy of Living Wood Design, who are so committed to creating eco-friendly designs using local reclaimed and salvaged woods. The finished table will truly be a work of art, with the beauty of it’s grain and live edge detail. We look forward to showing you the finished product! Here is just a sample of the beautiful custom furniture he creates-
One of our favorite places in cottage country is the village of Dorset, located on Lake of Bays. This photo was taken after climbing to the top of the Dorset Fire Tower…well worth the effort!
Love this photo posted recently by Minimal Home of one the first electric cars (circa 1905). Ability to travel greater distances before recharging, and the growing network of free charging stations are making these cars a more viable option now. Just let me know when a 4-wheel drive version hits the market to handle the snow conditions in Muskoka!
We enjoy working with local artisans to create unique custom designed pieces for our clients. This Adirondack inspired mirror will be the perfect addition to our client’s cottage on Lake of Bays. Nothing compares to the beauty and hand-crafted quality of these pieces, they will be cherished for years to come. We look forward to seeing the completed credenza (below) in it’s new home very soon…