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Interior: Contemporary charm

A city-dwelling family blends urban modernism with the quaint countryside on Quebec’s bucolic Lac Boileau.

What do you get when you mix a modernminimalist couple living in Montreal’s trendy Le Plateau neighbourhood with a vacation property in Quebec’s verdant untouched outdoors? A chance to bring contemporary to the country with a design that makes the neighbours look twice. Jean-Charles René and his spouse, Chantal Larochelle, felt strongly about finding their family vacation property somewhere far removed from obvious getaway destinations. They discovered an undeveloped piece of land on Lac Boileau, near Rivière-Rouge, and designed the place from scratch. The result is a juicy juxtaposition of urban and rural, and modern classic: a two-storey Cape Cod-style cabin, painted black, flanked by two white, light-filled modernist extensions.

Opposites attract

Chantal wanted her colour palette to complement rather than clash with nature’s palette, so she brought in the warm oranges, yellows, reds and browns of fall. But because the colour is only in the accents, she and her spouse, seasonally if desired.

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