When a Canadian designer and her husband decided to build a new 4,900 square foot lakefront home along Lake Simcoe in Canada, they were a bit at odds about how they should decorate it.
He wanted dark tones and a woodsy Aspen vibe. I wanted everything white with clean lines. –Lidia van Zyle, homeowner and designer
I think the couple came up with a great compromise that successfully blends modern touches and rustic qualities to create a home the couple and their family can enjoy all year. Let’s take a look inside.
The architecture of the home has a beautiful classic cottage design. I’m big on symmetry so the look of the front facade definitely resonates with me. Plus, a brick walkway laid in a herringbone pattern is always a welcoming pathway to a front door.
The living room is a great example of how you can successfully pair metal work with rustic materials to create a sophisticated, refined cottage feel. The room looks comfortable enough for everyday use and I could already envision myself curled up on the sofa reading a magazine and enjoying a roaring fire. Having a cup of hot chocolate wouldn’t be bad either…
I love a great mirror and am particularly fond of using mirrors in a kitchen if space permits. I think it adds an unexpected decorating touch and makes the space feel more like a room and less utilitarian.
Anything placed tabletop in an all white dining room definitely takes center stage. The floor to ceiling windows provide wonderful light making this space a great room to enjoy a meal. I would love to see a beautiful breakfast or brunch set up in here.
Since I remember the days of having to use a typewriter it makes me laugh to see one function purely as a decorative accessory, but this is a trend I am seeing more and more lately.
The antlers here are a family heirloom and are a classic decorating object I don’t think will ever go out of style when it comes to classic cabin and cottage decor. Paint them white and you instantly modernize a classic look.
One of the things I love about this bedroom is that it looks like a design that almost anyone can achieve. My only suggestion would be to swap out the chevron patterned pillows with something less trendy. I’ve been over the chevron pillow pattern for a very long time…
This bathroom is proof that you can turn almost anything into a decorative object. Group like items together for a unique look that is all your own. The bathroom is a small space where it’s easy to get creative and have fun. In fact, it’s the one room in the house where a tiny bit of creativity goes a very long way.
A mudroom can be functional and stylish. I would suggest using outdoor fabric for any seating in a space like this to provide for easy cleaning and maintenance. Also, hooks one a wall are a must in a room like this. Here you see simple wrought iron hooks but the great thing is that they also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns to fit any decor.
All photos via Style at Home