House tour: Colourful eclectic cottage
Bringing the outdoors in
Slipcovered sofas and a coffee table Joanna and Richard crafted from hemlock mingle with a contemporary hide rug and iconic mid-century-style chairs, which aren't off limits: "The leather means you can sit on them in a wet bathing suit," says Joanne. The birch-branch chandelier, also made by the couple, creates a show-stopping canopy that literally brings the outdoors in.
An heirloom quilt, hung like artwork, cozies up the living area. "My grandmother made this quilt," says homeowner Joanne Clark. "It's something I treasure for its incredible workmanship and beauty, as well as the vivid childhood memories it evokes."
Welcoming living room
"I set up a bar on this tray table because I want guests to feel free to help themselves at cocktail hour," says Joanne. The table's wood tones are picked up in the picnic basket, games storage box and tree-stump stool, all of which warmly offset the bright white space.