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House tour: Country casual cottage

House tour: Country casual cottage

A summer home that's a little bit country and a little bit casual Author: Robin Stubbert

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House tour: Country casual cottage

A city couple finds an idyllic location to build the summer home of their dreams - with ample room for family and friends to visit.

 

Room to grow -- that’s what this couple craved after about 15 years of cottaging on Lake Joseph in Ontario’s Muskoka region. With two children in their 20s and a whole host of friends on the lake – not to mention carloads of weekend guests – the Oakville, Ont., pair was ready to stretch the square footage of their summer house.

With the perfect west-facing plot secured, the couple began the two-year process of designing and building the 4,000-square-foot cottage with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. But though they could now comfortably accommodate visitors, the homeowners wanted to ensure the space felt cozy despite its grand proportions.

Enter Port Carling-based designer Christopher Spraggett of The Summerhouse Group, who worked with the couple on their previous cottage as well as their Oakville home. “‘Light’ and ‘airy’ were the words that kept coming up,” he says. “But it was clear that the owners didn’t want a stark white cottage.” 

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House tour: Country casual cottage

Grand cottage

The cottage evokes a grand, traditional vibe but still suits its rustic surroundings.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Country casual cottage

Living room design

For the living room, designer Christopher Spraggett chose a pale grey paint for the trim to subtly offset the white walls and draw the eye to the height of the ceiling without stealing attention from the furnishings.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Country casual cottage

Casual dining room

Slipcovered chairs keep the dining room arrangement feeling casual and cottagey, while the custom oversized trestle table adds an air of antiquity.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Country casual cottage

Pendant lighting

Two copper lantern-style pendant lights add elegance to the casual dining room.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Country casual cottage

Kitchen design

Substantial millwork adds architectural interest to the kitchen, and reclaimed-hemlock floors lend a sense of warmth and age. Christopher chose a medium grey paint for the island and a solid grey quartzite perimeter countertop as a counterpoint to all the white cabinetry. A striped runner and a pendant light with a zinc finish infuse the space with a subtle nautical flair.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Country casual cottage

Muskoka room

From the furnishings to the floor covering, the Muskoka room is awash in blue and white. The gas fireplace's stone veneer brings an extra texture, as do details like the table lamps made from antique Nepalese milk jugs.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Country casual cottage

Firepit

A grouping of Muskoka chairs around the firepit is positioned to take advantage of the sweeping views. "We get to see killer sunsets," says one of the homeowners.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

House tour: Country casual cottage

Irresistible land

The homeowners couldn't resist this piece of land near MacTier on Lake Joseph's northern tip (prized for its rugged Group of Seven-esque landscape and sweeping views).

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

 

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