This post is part of the summer blog crawl linkup from Brittany of Gallery no 8.
Where I live summer is all about the cottage.
Each friday the highways are packed with overloaded cars
driving to the water to grab their slice of canadian heaven...
While modern cottages tend to skew more grand home than cottage,
I like the feel of the old, simplistic, wood-panelled cottages.
A place where sand and water are as welcome as guests.
A place to put your feet up.
One of the best classic modern getaways I've seen is Thom Felicia's lakehouse..
I'm sure you saw it when it was featured in Domino.
It's one of the few interiors where I actually like the antlers :)
Take another look - years later, and it still feel fresh and completely perfect.
That's good design.
The view from the lake... I'm never leaving.
the entry, with it's ubiquitous workbench console/bar.
This was pre-pottery barn knockoff - the inspiration, perhaps?
Thom whitewashed the walls - a transparent finish that still allows a rustic bit of grain to show,
but softens the palette and keeps all that wood from taking over.
At the time, the grey seemed slightly unusual, but today it's at the forefront of trends.
The main living space - every lake house would do with a stone fireplace like this one.
Love the black accents.
Again, by painting the trim and doors black Thom upped the chic factor
and kept that wood overload under control.
A chic wee kitchen tucked in under the industrial feeling stairs...
and a dream view for dining.
Look at the flagstone floors!
I like the fishing weights he's used as accents,
bringing in nautical bits without overloading on shells.
A small den - that daybed would be the perfect spot to curl up during a rain.
more black metal, reclaimed wood.. and antlers :)
How about black + glass doors with burlap privacy panels?
The boho bedspread is still masculine without being stark.
I like how Thom created a sleeping nook with two closets on either side of the bed - so clever.
The loft is all set up for guests - think he'll mind if we drop by?!!
And this is end of day perfection, a fire, friends and the serenity of the lake.
can't you just feel your pulse slowing.
(and why did Ikea stop making those chairs? they're pretty sexy!)
I would love to see pictures of this space today - I'll bet not much has changed.
Happy Fourth of July, to all of you south of the border!
And a belated happy Canada Day to all my Canadians girls -
we were out on the boat, at the beach, bbqs and firework celebrations for the past three days.
It was wonderful... now if I can just get my head back into work mode :)
Have a great Monday, everyone - x
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