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House tour: Nautical boathouse

House tour: Nautical boathouse

This huge dock is a dreamy spot for lounging and socializing all day long. Author: Robin Stubbert

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House tour: Nautical boathouse

There are 66 steps from the dock up to the cottage, so the owners of this lakeside property built a boathouse to better enjoy their prime piece of real estate.

Ontario’s beautifully rugged Muskoka region is known as much for its gracious lakeside boathouses as it is for its sprawling cottages. And with steep rocky shorelines, there’s often quite a trek from the dock to the living quarters. This family retreat on Lake Joseph is no different – while its high perch makes for glorious lake views, it also means “there are 66 steps from the water up to the cottage,” says one of the homeowners.

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House tour: Nautical boathouse

Small kitchen design

A small but efficient kitchenette is equipped for making drinks and snacks to serve on the dock.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

Kitchen cabinets

Its modern charcoal and white palette is a fresh contrast to the aged hemlock flooring.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

White decor

   

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

The living room

The white beadboard-clad walls and peaked ceiling create an airy effect in the living room. A pair of striped sofas (one is a pullout) imbues the space with a nautical feel, as does the stunning view of the lake. A glass-lined balcony with a lockable gate serves as a diving platform for daring swimmers.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

Wood decor accessories

Nancy eschewed the rusticity one might expect in a more traditional cottage for a design that’s youthful and modern.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

Fresh and bright interior

The homeowners wanted a fresh and bright interior, so they chose white-painted beadboard for the walls and ceiling. Warmth comes from 100-year-old reclaimed hemlock flooring.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

Compact bedroom

A compact bunk room comfortably sleeps four adults on twin-sized beds. Clean white walls, aged hemlock floors and blue and white bedding reinforce the casual coastal scheme.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

The dreamy dock

The blue and white scheme is carried from the main cottage exterior to the boathouse and the dock furnishings.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon

House tour: Nautical boathouse

The cottage exterior

The huge dock is a dreamy spot for lounging and socializing all day long.

Image by: Style at Home By: Jennifer Hughes Source: Robin Stubbert; styling by Christine Hanlon
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