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Rustic Cottage Reno

A gutsy reno adds European sensibility to a family cottage.

Before she updated her family's 70-year-old cottage, designer Colette van den Thillart's mother advised her to tear the building down. But Colette was determined to maintain the original structure: "I'm not terribly sentimental, but Canadians understand how deep into your system family cottages get." The result is a cottage that is a scrapbook of her family's history. At times dark and moody, then airy and Scandinavian, the home is fresh, calm and welcoming.

See more photos in our Traditional Cottages gallery, Cottages & Country Houses, plus more cottage photos.

  • Photographer: Michael Graydon
  • Source: House & Home August 2010 issue
  • Products: Barnboard mantel, Legacy Vintage Building Materials; rug, Reznick.
  • Designer: Colette van den Thillart

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