One of my favourite projects over the last year and half has been a new build cottage on a peaceful lake outside of Ottawa. I was asked to consult on key design decisions when the cottage was already under construction and I’m now happily working toward completing the décor as well. Since I am a diehard cottager myself, any project that takes me up to a lake is a dream job. We still have lots to do but here is a peek at where we’re at.
The building is a blend of local stone and wood siding. It features striking lake views from almost every room, a massive screened in porch (right), and a long covered entry to welcome guests. The owners wanted to create a unique environment for entertaining family and friends that felt cosy and cabin-like, but with an edge.
Love this view from the front door down the dramatic breezeway that features a beautiful beam ceiling. The plan is to include a few benches (maybe even a swinging one) so that this becomes another place to relax.
The screened in porch has retractable widows so it can be used all year. We chose a textured grey granite from Ciot for the floor to riff on the natural stone seen in the area. This pic was taken right after we unwrapped the large sectional with denim blue upholstery from RH. There is still lots more to come! Think striped pillows, a massive coffee table for game playing, a pair of vintage side chairs, side tables table lamps…
We chose a woodsy palette of pale grey and deep green for the kitchen. The cool tones plays off the weighty dark wood columns and warm wood paneled walls. We brought up the leather and wood stools from the owners’ city house — they were perfect for giving the traditional shaker cabinetry a warm mod hit. This was the day we installed the massive RH lights over the island.
We all agreed that the cottage needed some colour. It’s a happy place with loads of kids running around so we didn’t want it to feel too serious. And the palette had to be practical. This is not a place house where an all white, beachy palette could work. So we started with a big hit of blue with olive green accents paired with a mix of rustic antiques and modern furniture. We also worked in a few pieces from the clients’ city house that they wanted to find a new home for (like the antique hutch in the corner). I always love to find new homes for great pieces!
The lower level den is more about shades of grey. We popped in an Ikea rug to keep things cosy for now but our plan is to finish the space with a rich dark grey and natural jute area rug from Dash and Albert. And I can’t wait to style those bookshelves.
Stay tuned for more as the project unfolds!