Photo Gallery: Suzanne Dimma’s Cottage
Discover her stunning Haliburton home.
A breezeway with double glass doors at each end defines the living areas from the private zones. A fan in the back blows warm air to the bedroom. A recessed track in the floor can accommodate a folding screen to turn the daybed into a private sleeping nook when there are more guests than the bunkie can handle.
Arriz framed a stunning view of the rock face to act as a work of art; at night, it’s illuminated from below. Suzanne added a row of linen pillows in colours pulled from tones in the rock.
The coffee table vignette illustrates the couple’s approach to design. Shed antlers found on the property are used as organic sculpture throughout the space.
Floating shelves in theliving room display cherished items past and present, including the pawprint of a pet cat, a mask from Uganda, where Arriz once lived, and a print from friend and photographer George Whiteside.
The crisp mats of four framed photographs offer a moment of serenity above two slipcovered reading chairs. The industrial clamp-on light is vintage Ikea. Suzanne and Arriz most often sit here for a clear sight line of the wood-burning stove, which heats the entire building in colder months.
Arriz designed the solid white-oak dining table and benches. “The wood was waterlogged and soaked up all the minerals, so the grey colour permeates it,” says Arriz. “It’s the kind of thing you immediately want to touch, like driftwood or bone.”
Butcher block was waterfalled down the sides of the 9′-long island, while a mix of materials, such as stainless-steel cabinets and honed-granite counters, gives the all-Ikea kitchen a custom look. Suzanne also had the Ikea cabinets sprayed a smoky grey-green to complement the warm wood tones.
The screened-in porch is Suzanne’s favourite spot in her cottage, particularly the slatted daybed with angled legs, designed by Arriz. The waterfall can be heard through full-height screened panels.
The sliding barn door made from reclaimed hemlock maintains the open space’s lofty feel while providing privacy for the bedroom when needed. A found branch acts as a natural sculpture.
From the bed, the couple can see through the 8′ opening and look out to the lake.
A tribal juju is a fresh pop of white against Douglas-fir walls, and a study in scale with the smaller mementoes below.
An Ikea wardrobe was custom-painted and mounted on the wall to create a floating effect with extra storage in a row of soft baskets below.
Sprayed drawer fronts and horn handles elevate a surface-mounted bathroom sink. Exposed vertical beams add to the rustic character.
Below the deck, a boxlike structure acts as support and houses a tool shed and workspace. Like a bridge, the cottage (seen here from the back) is supported by thin steel poles anchored to a cascading slab of rock. The open space underneath lends the building a floating quality.