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Summer Camp – More Muskoka Cottages and the giveaway continues



Happy rainy weekend! Are you ready for more summer camp type cottages?  We looked at some amazing cottages (more like million dollar homes) in the Muskoka Lake region of Canada the last time we were together.  I have a couple more from that area that I want to share with you today.  The photo at the top shows the traditional exterior styling of homes from there…dark wood with white trim.  I really like that contrast.  In my previous post, the homes were done by Muskoka Cottage Interiors whose shop is in Port Carling.  Another interior design firm with a shop there is Peaks and Rafters. (They also have a shop in Toronto.)

Their website has several cute homes on it, but there is one particular Muskoka cottage I want you to see today.  It was featured in the August 08 issue of Style at Home magazine. Here is the exterior…done in the traditional style.

I love this table out on the porch.  Just look at the view! The magazine even referred to this space as “summer camp for grown ups.” 🙂

And how about that island…and the ceiling!  And again, I love the contrast in light and dark there.

I think this next room may be part of their boathouse.  It looks a little different in the ceiling and walls from the family room pictured in the magazine feature.  Those red rattan chairs with the drink holders in the arms are perfect for that space.

And yes, I am swooning over all the wicker on the porch…the chaise, the rocker, the end table with the magazine rack.  And check out the precious dogs!!

Now take a look at the bed in the master bedroom.  A television is inside the footboard and is raised for viewing with the push of a button.  And by the way, that room only looks old.  It is part of a new addition crafted to appear as old as the rest of the cottage.

I think that cottage is just perfect.  Pack my bags and I am ready to go! But I have another Muskoka one to show you too.  The next one was featured in Canada’s House and Home Magazine in July of 2012.  Its interior is much darker.  The one above feels like summer to me, while this one has a fall and winter coziness to it.  The ceiling in the kitchen below is a lot like the one in the kitchen above.

This cottage’s spaces were done by the talented Michael Angus.  He certainly knows how to mix rustic with modern.

The bathroom sports chocolate brown grasscloth.  (Aren’t those sconces beautiful?!)

This is one of the guest bedrooms.  It has a bit too many antlers for me, but it is fitting for that area.

This was my favorite room from the magazine feature, and it is in the boathouse.  (I wonder… do all the homes in the Muskoka region have a boathouse?)  Those wicker rockers and the windows are fantastic! (I would probably take down the antique gauges to have a less cluttered look, though.)

I have been telling my husband that this region reminds me of the Highlands, North Carolina area…a lot of board and batten exteriors, a lot of dark furniture contrasted with light walls, rustic furniture, etc.  As I was doing my research for these posts, I came across this church in Port Carling in the Muskoka region.

It instantly took me back to this one….

Yep, in Highlands, North Carolina. 🙂

I have one more Muskoka cottage for you to tour today, and it is in video form.  See what you think of this one:

Are you ready to move in, too?  I think the boathouse alone would be great!

And here is a reminder that you can still enter the giveaway up until Thursday night (8/22/13).  Just leave a comment on any or all of the Summer Camp posts to be entered for the random drawing.  Our prize this month is the Found, Free, or Flea book by Teresa Surratt, one of the owners of Camp Wandawega, a blu-ray version of the movie, Indian Summer, and a set of skewers from Williams Sonoma to use to roast marshmallows for your own version of summer camp.

I had planned to get this post out to you last Wednesday, but our internet died.  And I do mean died…not the computer..the internet.  For two days, this stretch of road had none.  It was finally resuscitated on Thursday, but we had all the last minute craziness of getting things ready for our daughter’s move back to college then.  Hot pink, navy, and green college girl things have been strewn all over every room here.  It was loaded up in two cars to go back yesterday, but just as we were about to leave, my husband got a call to report to the 911 center to help because of flooding on roads in the city where he works.  So daughter and I ventured off to move her in her new room in the rain.  Luckily it wasn’t too heavy (the rain..not the boxes), and my husband made it there to help in the afternoon. We finished up around 11:30 last night. (I forgot my camera but will post a photo of the room when our daughter sends me one.)  I do feel sorry for all the freshmen who have had to move in today in the constant downpour we have had since last night.

And college move in preparation is not the only craziness we have had here.  Camping supplies have been mixed in with all the hot pink, navy, and green things.  (We have looked like a combination PB Teen/REI store!) Our oldest son (the one with the fractured ankle) has been planning a 6 week cross country trip to hit 15 national parks between here and the west coast and Canada.  Our middle son finishes his summer job in Atlanta Sunday and will be arriving with all his things Sunday night so that he can go with his brother on this adventure. They have ordered so much gear, that in a one hour span yesterday, a UPS truck made a delivery; a USPS truck made a delivery, and Fed Ex stopped here, too! Seriously. (I think the delivery guys do think we are opening a store. :))

So there has been a lot going on in the last week or so…and will be for a few more days.  I will certainly appreciate the calm after this whirlwind of activity.  With that in mind, I wanted to include something here for you to enjoy on this rainy late summer Saturday… the calm beauty of the Muskoka Lake region.  Take a look at this amazing video…

 The House and Home article that I spoke of earlier began with these words:

Like first love and summer camp, Muskoka is enveloped in a haze of happy memories.

I hope your weekend is full of things that become wrapped in a haze of happy memories for you.  Enjoy these last-of-the-summer days.

until next time….


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Sue - November 11, 2015 - 11:53 am

I love your sight and I have just discovered you from Pnterest. I love Muskoka but cannot afford to live there. I do however live on the waters of Lake Simcoe. My husband and I have a small bungalow here with our boat in the water off out back door. I have also tried to decorate nautical throughout my home and sunroom and I do get a lot of compliments on the decorating and the landscaping. Love to spend my days looking at sites such as yours and look forward to many more articles from you. Keep up the great work!!!
I am jealous of your having a lake house Susan! That has been a dream of mine for a long time (brought on by On Golden Pond I’m sure. LOL) Thank you for your encouraging words here! I appreciate them greatly. 🙂

Celia Becker @ After Orange County - October 10, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Hi Kelly. I just discovered your blog on Cindy Hattersley blog, Rough Luxe. I live on a Lake in Southern California and just love reading about other lakes and the beautiful homes that populate them. Keep the lake stuff comin!
Oh how lucky you are to live on a lake Celia! I am glad to know that there are other people out there that share my love of lake houses. 🙂 Thank you so much for jumping over from Cindy’s blog to visit here. I will have to take a visit to yours (especially if you live on a lake!)

missy - August 23, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Ok, it’s been a few days since I’ve read the blog, so obviously I’m playing catch up. To answer your question from the Knoxville post. I think I COULD live in one of these rustic homes full time. I just love that comfortable feeling. I KNOW I could live in one if I had some of these incredible views!!!

Louvina - August 22, 2013 - 9:48 am

I really would love to go to Canada–just to get away from this FL heat!! Love these pictures and it does help to look and get ideas how to decorate my lake house. Longing for fall leaves and cooler weather– won’t happen here until late Oct-Dec. So I will just have to stay indoors and study your blog postings!! Thx for a little reprieve back to camping days!

Laura E - August 20, 2013 - 11:37 pm

The pictures of the Muskoka cottage are beautiful. It was taking awhile to download the videos but I saw part of the one of the cottage and I’m longing to visit there! Thank you for sharing.

Debbie - August 20, 2013 - 8:24 am

I just love the summer camp look–and s’mores!

Beth - August 19, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Love all your posts featuring these Muskoka cottages. They are all gorgeous! After viewing these my little cottage looks like a “bunky”, lol. I love your blog and how you have such a great eye for details 🙂

Katrina - August 19, 2013 - 9:38 am

Whoa…..those Canadians really got it go’n on. Love all these houses and their

Debbie w - August 18, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Love seeing these beauties! Sounds like you have been just a little busy!

Garden, Home and Party - August 18, 2013 - 4:49 pm

I liked the first house best…the red wicker chairs have always been favorites, with room for a beverage and magazines and then the flat arm, so inviting. The darling dogs sealed the deal for me.

Wow! You’ve been busy. It sounds like you’ve had more than your fair share of rain this summer. We’ve had an unusually cool summer as well.

Peace and quiet will be nice…enjoy.

Karen Watson - August 18, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Love summer camp! all of these campsites are amazing! Thanks!

Andrea - August 18, 2013 - 1:10 pm

These lakes houses are so beautiful…..I always thought if I won the lotto I would need a sweet little beach cottage….now I may have to reconsider my dream…….

Rhonda - August 18, 2013 - 9:47 am

Okay, I’m adding Muskoka to my bucket list. Thanks, again, for a beautiful, inspirational post. I particularly love the mix of rustic and modern elements in some of the homes.

Susie Hamlin - August 18, 2013 - 9:24 am


These cottages look similar to those at my sister-in-law’s family home on Lake Charlevoix Up North in MI. We truly just flop on the deck to relax and read for a week. Now that school has started, I must be content to relive my vacation on the Internet through you. Glad my friend, Cheryl, found you and wish you the best for the new school year in your new position. Mine is going splendidly.

yarlette - August 18, 2013 - 9:11 am

What a wonderful place . The video really got me. It relaxed me just watching it. Loved every thing about that house. I wouldn’t change a thing and the view is to die for. A little piece of heaven. Great post kelly

Cheryl Smith - August 18, 2013 - 1:32 am

You have our favorite summer spot all over this blog. Our family summers are spent in Muskoka at the tiny summer cottage built by grandpa back in 1945. We cherish the moments we get in this sublime and serene place. Although it would be wonderful to have one of these beautiful mansions, no longer only at “Millionaire’s Row”, we a satisfied to be able to get to spend any time in such a beautiful place during our hectic lives. Thank you, it was an added treat until we go back for our last summer hurrah.

Dawn - August 17, 2013 - 10:12 pm


I love all of the boat houses. I could live in any one of those. The comfortable spaces look so relaxing. We don’t really have boat houses here on Lake of the Ozarks. We have mostly covered docks with boat lifts. In fact I am sitting on our swim dock which is attached to the boat dock right now. This is one of my most favorite spots in the whole world. I could sit here and read all night. Thanks for sharing all of the beautiful lake houses. I just love looking at all of them and feeling relaxed.

Darla - August 17, 2013 - 9:31 pm

The rocky cottage exterior really draws me. I’d love to do something reminiscent of that. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ann - August 17, 2013 - 9:29 pm

After seeing your photos, I sure do want to leave the steamy, hot, piney woods of east Texas! Looks beautiful.

Martha - August 17, 2013 - 8:38 pm

You’re killing me with all these gorgeous “cottages”. I love them all! Really am crazy about the metal pine cone sculpture outside the Peaks & Rafters shop. I am ready to pack up and head north…..might need to win the lottery first!
Hope life calms down a little for you, sounds like you are super busy right now. When do you start school? My daughter had her first teacher workday Friday and students arrive next Wed.

Nancy - August 17, 2013 - 7:31 pm

I’ve been dreaming of Muskoka cabins, and that lake!! since the first you showed us. Seriously! 😀

Karin - August 17, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Thanks for sharing. I love to spent time by the water and could live in any of these cottages. Red and blue cheks will be in our cottage someday.

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