I thought I would share a few photos of what consumed our lives for the entire summer. Seriously, I have no clue how I produced a single painting, as my mind was completely focused on windows, floors, and soft furnishings. Our house was originally built around 1868 and is technically a Victorian style bungalow, and although it’s full of charm and character, it was very small. So small that when we transferred our mortgage to our new bank they had to follow some sort of special procedure to ensure that we weren’t mortgaging a shed. No kidding.
Our main source of inspiration came from a Hooked On Houses profile on THIS HOUSE. Sigh. That ceiling. It’s really all about the ceiling. Here in chilly southern Ontario, you don’t see a lot of ceilings like that, possibly because they tend not to be winterized? Clinging to that vital piece of inspiration we contacted Build, who happily rose to the challenge of creating a space that both fit into the style of our existing cottage, but also gave a great big nod to our inspiration cottage. We are so happy with the result.
So aside from the ceiling, here are a few design sources if you are interested. Oh and one more thing, our ‘before’ wasn’t really that bad. They had already pulled off the white siding, giving it that ‘fresh shack’ look.
The fireplace tile is Touareg from Tabarka Studio. Teal sofa is from Southern Furniture Company– I think it’s the Grace sofa. Console, dining room table and chairs, Cornerstone Furniture in Cambridge, Ontario. Jute rug Ikea. Wall colour is Cloud White from Benjamin Moore. Oh and my dad made the fireplace mantel and bookcases!