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Summer Camp – Muskoka Living and the giveaway continues


Because many summer camps are located adjacent to a lake and have activities take place there, when I think of summer camp, I usually think of lakes.  So today we are veering away from the traditional summer camp and instead looking at some lake houses.  And I have to add here that the rooms in today’s post are among my all time favorite rooms.  Seriously.

If you drive about an hour and a half south of Camp Tamakwa (the Canadian camp in the last post), you will come to a region of lakes known as Muskoka cottage country.  Many of the lakefront homes here sale for well over a few million dollars.

In Port Charles, you will find a store with a group of designers who often have the pleasure of decorating and furnishing one of those million dollar homes.  The store is Muskoka Living Interiors, and today’s rooms are all results of their work.  I really like the light walls in them.

And you know I love all the red checks in this room (and the wicker).

Here is another lake front home with a beautiful boat house.

This is the street view.

Don’t you like all the wood in the ceiling and the walls here?

Most of the “cottages”  seem to have names.

Here are a couple of rooms in Bellamere.

This living room with its blue buffalo checks is in a different home.

When I came across the photos of this boathouse, I was amazed!

I think this kitchen is in their main house, but I am not sure.

Now how about a peek in Muskoka Living Interior’s retail shop? I would have a very difficult time not buying everything!

They appear to carry a lot of home accessories.

If you will click on one of the shop photos above, you can see many more photographs from there.

Now if you are in the market for a home in that region of Ontario, here is one that is available…for a little under $5,000,000.

It’s decor seems to be planned with some of the designers from Muskoka Living

If I had the money, this is one home I would take just as it is.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the work of Muskoka Living Interiors.  If you haven’t entered the summer camp goodies giveaway, be sure to leave a comment on today’s post. (See details here.)   It will enter you in the drawing for a set of skewers for marshmallow roasting,

Indian Summer movie,

Indian Summer [Blu-ray]

and the following book that was written by one of the owners of  Camp Wandawega:

Found, Free, and Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures

Your comments about a dream wedding location in the last post were wonderful!  All the way from tropical islands to mountaintops.  So I will leave you with another question to talk about today.  Living on a lake would be great fun in the summer…swimming, boating, floating on inner tubes.  My question for you is…

What is your favorite place for summer activities?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

You might enjoy these posts:

Barb - August 14, 2013 - 8:16 am

I gasped when I saw the Boat House. That is awesome. In my dreams I have a summer house on a lake with a boathouse…just like that!! Thanks for another great post!

Laura E - August 13, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Without a doubt, my favorite summer place as. child, was my grandparents place in Hanceville, AL. My grandfather raised Tenessee walking horses, cattle and grew fresh vegetables. My grandmother was an excellent cook among other things. She made homemade biscuits for breakfast and let us make a “funny biscuit” with the scrap dough. Her fresh peach cobbler as well as her fresh creamed corn were other favorites of mine!

Mary from Virginia - August 13, 2013 - 8:41 pm

WOW, Blisswood is gorgeous! Love everything about it. Those shop was fun and I agree, I wouldn’t get out of there without something!

Thanks for all the fun pictures!

Peggy in TN - August 13, 2013 - 10:19 am

I spent eight years of my childhood in Incline Village, Nevada (Lake Tahoe), so when I see pictures of beautiful mountain lakes it transports me back in time. I love the cool mountain air and the whispering pines. We have had so much rain here in Tennessee this year that it hasn’t really felt like summer!

Cindy - August 13, 2013 - 8:47 am

Good morning, I guess you are wrapping up your summer and getting ready to head back to school. Good luck with your new job, I know you will love it. Remember your May…my July was like that. Went to the dr. for one thing just mentioned another problem and long story short, I had surgery to remove a large cystic mass and my ovaries. Ladies make sure you get your examines. But the good news no cancer. So I have been taking it easy at home and one of my favorite places, lake house on Badin Lake. It is close enough we can be door to door in 30 minutes and small enough not a lot of upkeep. Plus it is a magnet for the our girls and grands. Also, for the last 8 years we have gone as a family to Bald Head Island, NC. You can only reach it by ferry and only golf carts are allowed. Truly a relaxing experience.

Kathy - August 13, 2013 - 12:24 am

I love, love, love the photos in this post. I have several favorite places for summer activities…any beach, my friend’s lakehouse…. or her real house, and my own “happy place” which is my patio. (Why can I never pick just one answer?)

Louvina - August 12, 2013 - 9:54 pm

We enjoy summer activities here on our lake but it is so hot and humid I think I would like to head for the NC mountains with a nice little lake or stream to fish and play.

elle - August 12, 2013 - 7:17 pm

Great pics and blog as always!

Does anyone know why designers punch down pillows so they look like they have Mickey Mouse ears? Is this a new “thing”? I’ve only recently noticed it – and now I see it all over the place. You can see it in the blue living room above.

I think it looks ridiculous. I like my pillows straight! Otherwise I feel like they don’t have enough stuffing. Is this a chic-chic kind of thing rich people do?? 🙂

Garden, Home and Party - August 12, 2013 - 5:49 pm

This is amazing. There were several living rooms I could take just as they are, which is to say they are fabulous. What a fun place to visit.

Lisa - August 12, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Nothing beats our own backyard. We live in a neighborhood where if you’re grilling out, you must have enough to share! We always have neighbors cruise on by and join us and are always welcome.
Burgers and dogs in the summer with a side of watermelon make us happy campers. We also love camping or the beach.

Sallie - August 12, 2013 - 5:17 pm

We would go to Lake Toxaway in N.C. where my family had a summer home- it was the best time ever- no T.V. just playing games, swimming, hunting for blackberries and feeling like you were in total “bliss”- wonderful memories!

Martha - August 12, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Wow, every photo is beautiful….LOVE everything. We live near a big lovely lake in NC and like to float around on a pontoon boat. I think my favorite summer activity is playing (watching the kids playing)on the beach at the Outer Banks in June.I am not a big fan of summer .. too hot, humid and buggy! I love the outdoors the rest of the year and can usually be found working in my yard.

Susan - August 12, 2013 - 12:59 pm

We live in Minnesota – land of many, many lakes! Our favorite summer activities are on the lake: boating, canoeing, wakeboarding, skiing, fishing, swimming……When finished with those activities, the next best place to be is on the screened backporch – lounging on the porch swing, reading and daydreaming.

karen - August 12, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Is it okay to “swoon” over pictures of homes??? Every post in this series just gets better and better…Thanks Kelly 🙂 We love to entertain and have all the summer activities at our house but I could learn to love them at any of these lake houses…

GinaE - August 12, 2013 - 12:03 pm

These photos are truly of the most amazing homes. Maybe in my next life! Thanks for sharing.

Sally Gee - August 12, 2013 - 11:36 am

My favorite place is at home. I love being outside gardening, watching the chickens, guineas, and wild rabbits in the yard.

Lori Hall - August 12, 2013 - 11:09 am

Just LOVE those houses…..goodness, what it must be like to live there. Thank you so much for sharing!

Pat Peele - August 12, 2013 - 11:08 am

My backyard. No Traffic, our kind of food and the comfort of our bed at night.

Laura Ingalls Gunn - August 12, 2013 - 10:41 am

In the summertime I love to spend time by the water, any water.

Marianne in Mo. - August 12, 2013 - 10:24 am

Going to the park nearby with my grandkids. There’s a small lake, a creek to wade in, walking paths, horseback trails and play spaces scattered throughout. The grandkids call it “frog park” because of the big concrete frogs at one of the play areas. There’s a farm type windmill that pumps water into a pond. In the pond are fake turtles, lizards and fossils. It’s called Indian Camp Creek Park, supposedly because Indians camped there and hunted for food. It was donated to the county by the owners, and there is a small family cemetery by the lake where you can learn of the history of the property. Love it there!
Have to say, these homes are lovely, but much too large for my taste. Great to look at though, keep them coming!

Dawn - August 12, 2013 - 9:49 am

Amazing homes and record. I loved the boat house interior photos. I could vacation there in the Summer for a month.

anita - August 12, 2013 - 9:43 am

Thanks for sharing this iconic Canadian lake region of Ontario.
Stunning interiors with equally beautiful landscape and yes, with a heavy price tag! My destination for summer is driving out to the mountains.

Katrina - August 12, 2013 - 9:19 am

Whoa….those are some of the prettiest rooms I have ever seen! And that store….Now I know where I am going to buy the furnishings for the beach house I buy after I win the lottery!!
My favorite place for summer activities….anywhere there is WATER..beach,lake, pool,stream,river,water sprinkler…….

Debbie w - August 12, 2013 - 8:48 am

Our nearby cabin. Great place for summer memories for us and the grands!

Darla - August 12, 2013 - 8:39 am

The Florida Keys are delightful for summer fun!

Ellen - August 12, 2013 - 8:35 am

Kelly, I have loved the posts about summer camps, and now about the gorgeous lake houses in Ontario. We are retired and several years ago built a little log cabin in the western NC mountains. We love it there in the summer. The temperature is always 10 degrees cooler than home in SC, and the view from the rockers on our front porch makes us very thankful for the cabin and for God’s beautiful creation. We particularly love it when we can share it with friends and our family.

Mickey - August 12, 2013 - 8:07 am

Hi Kelly, I am so enjoying your camp posts and love the décor in the lakefront homes. The Wisconsin camp reminds me of my dad’s cabin on Big Lake in northern Minnesota. We would go up every summer for a couple weeks and fish, swim and eat 24/7. My husband just retired from 35 years as a guidance counselor in the public schools, so maybe we can take an adventure up to Minnesota. Oh how we miss it!!!! Hope the beginning of your school year is going well! Mickey

Cheri - August 12, 2013 - 7:51 am

I always love your blog (as I have told you before), I wish I could visit each and everyone of the places you post about. Now if I could just win the lottery!

OK…I am done drooling this morning. Thanks, Kelly for the lovely pics.

Linda Evans - August 12, 2013 - 6:40 am

…..OMW !!!!!!!!!!!! I am so in love with these homes and the beautiful surroundings…………I am soooooooo enjoying your Summer Camp post’s !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Colleen Daub - August 12, 2013 - 3:55 am

Oh! Wow Kelly

Thanks for sharing. This makes me want to rethink my interior decor all over again.
I thought my style was french country….. Now I would like nautical!!!!! I have to say that all the beautiful interiors on pinterest etc have just confused me.


Nancy - August 12, 2013 - 1:54 am

My favorite summertime fun happens in our own backyard when the grandkids are out swinging on the tire swing, playing in the tree house and swimming in the pool. All while laughing and making more noise than I ever thought possible. lol We love it!!!
These have to be some of my favorite homes you’ve shared. I dream of living lakeside. I could move into Blisswood for sure!!!

Grammy - August 12, 2013 - 1:10 am

We love our own backyard. We have 2 and 1/2 acres of wooded bliss – hammocks, rockers, games, food, music, and family.

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