Rural cottage is ready for the holidays


Quaint shutters painted robin’s egg blue and classic wreaths make a pretty first impression. New cedar dormers enhance the exterior appeal, as well.



This room is replete with patriotic design nods and pops of bright colour, such as the cosy carpet with a maple-leaf design. Ottomans covered in classic Hudson's Bay Company stripes are used as seating, storage and a perch for drinks. Kate discovered the pillows, made out of old swatches of linen showing hunting and skiing scenes, at the nearby Bayfield Antique Fair.


A softly lit seasonal display.

“I love playing with lighting,” says Kate. Her deer sconce (which matches a chandelier over the dining room table) offers sparkle. Bits of glitter mixed into simple holiday greenery look great well into the new year.

Ample counter makes this small space user-friendly.

This kitchen was renovated in a traditional rustic log-cabin style in keeping with the home’s age. The cabinets were treated to a weathered patina in a custom grey colour that plays up the dark Italian marble counter

Create unexpected moments by mixing country rustic with antique glam.

This casual mix-and-match table setting is adorned with a simple potted evergreen and a few scattered boughs, and illuminated with playful antler candleholders. An antique Nova Scotia table and Windsor chairs offer a sturdy complement to the exposed wooden beams and log walls, while a 1920s French chandelier and stunning silver disc light add a surprising hit of sparkle.
Soup with fresh cheese or hot cocoa are always welcoming and homey on chilly winter days. Kate likes to keep it old school by preparing it on the stovetop. 










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