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….