Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday = 4 more days until Friday

It's Monday...doesn't everyone hate Mondays?

That is me every Monday Morning...its true ask my husband he'll vouch for me

Monday means  the end of our relaxation, the final chapter, the conclusion, the finale of two wonderful days also known as 'the weekend'. I call them magical days because anything can happen, it's a completely unpredictable time where we get out of our daily routine / comfort zone and anticipate only the best for the next 48 hours. This past weekend my hubby & I spent two days relaxing at one of our best friend's cottages' up north. It's a place with generations of history and full of stories with spontaneous moments that have happened time and time again. A cottage or summer home (as some would call it) is a place that defines family and friends and the memories it creates lasts beyond a lifetime.  This particular cottage is your classic nostalgic summer home;  it's adorned with family portraits and newspaper clipping dating back to years before my time. The walls are covered with memorabilia and antique possessions almost everything has a story behind it. The cottage itself is very small and cozy yet it can easily hold the dozens of people who show up there on any given weekend. This particular weekend they hosted about 150 + people for their second annual 'Rock the Dock' fundraiser, honouring their dad who passed away in 2008. The party was a huge success and we had a blast.

<> This is the fab dock - full of ppl as usual.
That's my husband Eric, Me (in the middle) and our very good friend Jay (who's family owns the cottage)

My weekend escape got me thinking about how far cottages / summer homes have come in the last decade. It is no longer a place that accepts only hand-me-downs in replacement of new furnishings and the idea of a worn out & tired kitchen & bathroom are a thing of the past. They have evolved into sophisticated retreats and true weekend gateways. With their standards being on a much high level than ever before property owners are infusing their spaces with the same detail and pride as they would their 'weekday' homes. We are getting a more residential feel but with the same luxury and stylized features as you would in your own personal "hotel".

Here are my top pics and easy ways to have these looks in your fabulous
cottage and/or weekend home....Enjoy!

Welcome to the future of cottage living!

Hanging pot & pans, open shelves and a large island are the key components to a casual kitchen and a place where your guests can feel right at home. This layout lets everyone assemble around the island and lets your friends and family know exactly where the dishes are for the BBQ!
The kitchen is the heart of the home and doubles as the gathering place both in the city and at the cottage.
Whether you're cooling off in the pool or plunging in the lake there is no better way to relax and dry off then in one of these over sized wicker sun beds.


Cube Sky Cottage is located near the , architect.

Every room in this cottage has a view but not just any view; it's serene and lush and full of pure nature. This is what I would call a perfect execution of a modern atmosphere set in the rustic wilderness.
I'd leave my everyday residence to reside here any day.

If you have a more traditional style in the city then change it up for your weekends. Furnish your cottage with clean lines and simple decor. Keep it easy and light and that's the feeling you'll encase yourself in.

Can you say... Luxury???
I feel like this should be a cottage somewhere far far away...maybe in the south of France, perhaps Monaco?
Wherever it is it is the definition of fabulous! From the lumber panels ceilings to the crystal chandelier and down to the herringbone wood floors this is certainly not your classic cabin.

If you wanted to recreate this type of bedroom in your own weekend home you'll need to think hotel linens, monochromatic hues and delicate finishes.

It's probably not in Ontario but wouldn't this work perfectly in your Moskoka Room? Or any other sun room you may have in your cottage/summer home.
It's warm and inviting with all the comfort you can ask for. This is definitely a gathering space where I can see a crowd of people lounging on the huge sectional taking in the view. It can also be the cozy spot in the winter where you grab your hot coco and enjoy the scenery.

The key to this cozy environment is layering fabric on top of fabric. It's about taking in the colour palette from the outdoors so the floor to ceiling windows have no indoor competition.

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This is a true vision!
Created by my all-time favourite designer Mary McDonald

I'm sure those sea shells cost Ms. McDonald's client a small fortune but it doesn't have to. Gather all the hard shells you can find, both by the water or in one of the little antique shops and create a welcome vignette for your guests.
Also, don't you just LOVE the use of non-predictable cottage colours..I'm loving the Vibrant Orange.

Thanks for reading...