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Aug 23, 2014

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

By: Beth Hitchcock
House tour: Coastal-style cottage

A dream getaway with classic coastal style. Author: Michael Graydon

House Tours
Aug 23, 2014

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

By: Beth Hitchcock

A brand new all-season dream getaway dressed in classic coastal style captures the nostalgia of cottage living.

 

Perfectly imperfect: It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s the spirit that guided the design of Tradewinds, a stately 7,000-square-foot cottage nestled just above the shores of Muskoka’s Lake Rosseau in Ontario. It was those very shores that attracted home-owners Kai and Joanna Tukums back in 2011. After considering their options, Kai, who is self-employed, and Joanna, a chartered accountant, made the decision to build a dream getaway for their growing family. But first, they had to find the land. “We were looking for a property with unobstructed views, natural privacy and great sun exposure,” says Kai–a tall order on an already popular lake. But when the couple found this verdant plot, complete with a stretch of sandy beach, they knew it was the right site for the coastal-inspired cottage they envisioned.

Their first call after securing the lot was to builder and designer Cory DeFrancisco of Muskoka Living Interiors, with whom they’d successfully collaborated on the renovation of their Toronto home. “We really clicked,” says Cory. “They gave me carte blanche to run with my creativity.” With Kai and Joanna’s blessing, that creative streak led Cory to sketch out an all-season dwelling that would pay homage to the shingled homes of Nantucket and the Hamptons, with a decidedly Muskoka twist.

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House tour: Coastal-style cottage

The living room

The architectural focal point in the living room is its ceiling, with wooden beams mounted on a 45-degree angle over white beadboard. Down-filled slipcovered sofas invite family and friends to sink in for long conversations. A TV is cleverly concealed behind the doors above the fireplace.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

Antique-oak kitchen island

“The kitchen is my favourite room,” says homeowner Joanna Tukums. And it’s no wonder. The play of clean white kitchen cabinetry and backsplash tiles against the warmth of an antique-oak island and pantry makes it an inviting space for cooking and entertaining.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

Spacious dining room

Large windows frame the view from the spacious dining room. “We wanted to highlight the wooden mullions, so we painted them a soft black,” says Cory. “It’s a technique we used throughout the house.”

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

Master bathroom

In the master bathroom, Cory used a soft blue for the vanity and let the floor treatment, a wooden trellis pattern with inset marble tiles, act as the focus. The round window between the sinks is reminiscent of a ship’s porthole.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

The mud room

Substantial black hooks punctuate the poplar tongue-and-groove walls of the mud room area in the laundry room, while a checkered toss cushion references the home’s navy and white scheme.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

Galley-style laundry room

The bright galley-style laundry room is outfitted with built-in appliances, upper storage and a bench that runs the length of the windows.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

The split staircase

A split staircase makes a lasting first impression in the cottage’s entryway. Cory enhanced the walls with applied moulding in a grid pattern. The texture acts as a striking background for black Windsor-style benches.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

A million-dollar view

The casual loft-style den at the top of the stairs offers a million-dollar view of Ontario’s Lake Rosseau. With an all-white room, builder and designer Cory DeFrancisco chose to keep the furnishings symmetrical and simple, with a pair of slipper chairs adding the only note of bold pattern to the room.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

The Muskoka room

White wicker furniture with nautical-themed toss cushions keeps the feeling as fresh as the air in the Muskoka room. “We entertain all summer and enjoy spending lots of time in here,” says homeowner Kai tukums. “It’s an extension of the house.”

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

Cottage with a view

“We were looking for a property with unobstructed views, natural privacy and great sun exposure,” says Kai.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Coastal-style cottage

Nantucket-inspired design

The grand cottage design draws architectural inspiration from coastal homes in Nantucket and the Hamptons. But the white cedar bevel siding with charcoal trim provides crisp contrast that feels authentic to the Muskoka region, explains Cory.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

 

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