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Oct 14, 2014

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

By: Christy Wright
House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Tour this gorgeous contemporary cottage. Author: Robin Stubbert

House Tours
Oct 14, 2014

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

By: Christy Wright

A Toronto couple builds a contemporary Muskoka cottage that's all about family life: past, present and future.


Though this cottage is just a year old, it’s already steeped in tradition, which isn’t surprising given the homeowners’ long-time connection to the area. “My husband and I bought our first cottage, a small two-bedroom, on Ontario’s Lake Muskoka before we were married,” says one of the homeowners. “We brought our eldest son [the couple has four] there when he was only 10 days old,” she says.

The babies are now young men, and the original cottage design was eventually outgrown, but family time at the lake continues, with the couple happily settled into their third cottage: a 3,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, year-round retreat seamlessly nestled in the signature pink and grey rock of Muskoka. “The views here are incredible,” says one of the homeowners. “To the right is a provincial park, straight ahead is Lake Muskoka and to the left is our bay.” It was these picturesque vistas, as well as the privacy of the lot, that instantly spoke to the couple.

 

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House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

The split-level design

Cedar panelling, fir beams and stone-coloured shingles ensure the split-level cottage design blends in with its natural surroundings.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Upper-level family room

The upper-level family room show cases the homeowners’ desire for modern style. The gas fireplace is fronted with slabs of natural limestone, which have clean lines that are echoed in the furnishings.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Dining room

The dining room is a realization of the homeowners' vision: an open space with a neutral-toned room and views to the outdoors. The couple designed the large dining room table, which has a stainless steel base, and had the wooden dining chairs stained in a light tone for contrasting effect.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Kitchen

The kitchen island is the most-used area in the room, designed by Nancy Fournier of Northern Living Kitchen & Bath. “We have small meals here and use it as a bar, a spot for hors d’oeuvres and for congregating,” says one of the homeowners.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Peaked ceiling

Soft leather loungers and a striped rug create a casual look beneath the soaring ceiling.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

The master bedroom

A charcoal grey upholstered bed frame and a shag rug make a soft statement against the rustic hardwood flooring and panelled walls in the master bedroom. The shiny aluminum sconce is hard-wired in place; the simple floating bedside shelf was designed by the homeowners.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Master bathroom

In the master bathroom, concrete-look flooring is actually porcelain, which the homeowners love because it’s easy to clean. The floating vanity features his-and-hers sinks and a practical Caesarstone countertop.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Bathroom decor

In contrast to the exterior, this bathroom setting adds to the contemporary aesthetic of the interior.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Casual contemporary cottage

Picture-perfect view

“The views here are incredible,” says one of the homeowners. “To the right is a provincial park, straight ahead is Lake Muskoka and to the left is our bay.” It was these picturesque vistas, as well as the privacy of the lot, that instantly spoke to the couple.

By: Christy Wright Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

 

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