Photo Gallery: Winter Cottages
Rustic retreats in the Great White North.
Cook and entertain in a rustic, red space.
The red of the kitchen cabinets and chairs in this Quebec cottage adds punch to the predominantly wood furnishings, and balances out green shades used throughout the space. To soften the hue, the paint was brushed on in several layers over a glaze. The stair railing on the left features the Adirondack motif of the eight-pointed star.
See more winter cottages in our photo gallery.
Choose soft cool colours to create a winter wonderland in your cottage dining room.
A lovely combination of rough textures comes together to create a modern farmhouse look. Tailored meets rustic with a slipcovered wing chair and a raw wooden table. Blue pottery and linens pop against a white background, reminiscent of a frosty winter landscape.
Customize antiques to suit your decor.
Designer Michael Angus had this antique harvest table stained to match the wide plank floor. Windsor chairs with pin-striped seat cushions complete the look. Wood venetian blinds have a sculptural effect and floor-to-ceiling drapes accentuate the ceiling height.
Get more traditional cottage decorating ideas in our photo gallery.
Update a rustic dining space with a few glam antiques.
This log cabin has been the site of many boisterous Christmas gatherings. A 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.
An old cubby holds logs in a neat square that doubles as a side table.
This charming chimney is framed by rough beams, while the windows are flanked by sweet interior shutters. Fireplace tools hang neatly from a set of antlers, turning these utilitarian objects into rustic objet d’arts.
Quintessential ski lodge style envelops guests in comfort.
This room is replete with patriotic design nods and pops of colour, like the cosy maple leaf-patterned rug. Ottomans covered in classic Hudson’s Bay Company stripes are used as seating, storage and a perch for drinks. Designer and homeowner Kate Thornley-Hall discovered the pillows, made out of old swatches of linen showing hunting and skiing scenes, at the nearby Bayfield Antique Fair.
Christmas at Sarah’s idyllic country retreat is stylish yet casual.
The 12-foot tree in designer and HGTV host Sarah Richardson‘s farmhouse living room was cut down on their property by Sarah’s husband. Loaded with ornaments, both old and new, the tree stands between the dining room and living room, allowing it to be seen from many vantage points. The warm colour scheme of red, orange and cream in the space creates a cosy feeling, perfect for a country home.
A cosy place to unwind.
A study in simplicity, the fireplace acts as the focal point in this room. It incorporates raw, weathered textures and colours, such as the stained pine of the mantel, the antiqued bronze of the sconces and the weathered copper of the weathervane. A wood pile beside the fire, wicker chairs and a wool blanket enhance the warm, rustic look.
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Two furniture groupings in one room create a layered and cosy effect.
Ceiling-mounted spotlights cast a warm glow onto this natural stone fireplace. A low-slung daybed serves as a room divider while keeping sight lines open.
A cosy yet modern look.
We can imagine spending many nights around the fire in the living room of this beautiful Muskoka cottage. Designer Michael Angus used paired elements — windows, sofas, coffee tables and stools — to create symmetry and a sense of calm in the room. A cowhide rug and zebra print footstools add a fun, modern edge to an otherwise traditional space.
Find more inspiration in our photo gallery of Cosy Winter Cabins.
Pretty, feminine touches mix with raw, rustic details.
New French wallpaper is juxtaposed against the original log wall of the principal bedroom, creating a panelled effect. Designer Kate Thornley-Hall found the chest of drawers at an antique shop; the lamp “was once a dirty old dust-covered thing.”
A daring mix of prints creates a casual, playful bedroom.
An antique brass bed layered with a country quilt and tons of pillows is an inviting destination in designer Sarah Richardson’s holiday home. From polka-dots to paisley to floral and stripes, Sarah is a master at mixing unexpected textiles.
Get more inspiration in our Country Bedrooms photo gallery.
Whimsy meets woodsy in this small space.
A wood-panelled ceiling, antlers on the wall and a wicker trunk used as a bedside table give this room a wilderness-inspired look. A succulent on the table enhances the outdoorsy vibe and zebra toys on the bed make the room kid-friendly.
Dark grasscloth wallpaper is warm and cocooning.
This small bathroom feels cosy and intimate thanks to its dark walls and wood flooring. It also features an antique pine sink and industrial brass sconces that impart a timeless beauty.
For more ideas, check out our gallery of 20 Small Bathrooms.
Unconventional greenery puts a unique spin on traditional handrail Christmas decorations.
In designer and HGTV host Sarah Richardson‘s holiday house, no area goes undecorated. A boxwood garland along the handrail is a lighter take on a pine or spruce garland, but equally festive. Yellow and gold bird ornaments reference the painted stair runner and add a fun touch. If properly dried and stored, boxwood can last for several seasons before needing replacement.
Fun, cabin-style accents.
Kitschy Canadiana accents like this moose pillow give a cottage character. Adding accessories like a snowshoe establishes the idea of the cottage as a winter retreat, and a rough-hewn wood chair adds to the rustic feel.
This rural Collingwood cottage is ready for the holidays.
This is the type of winter cottage dreams are made of. Quaint shutters painted robin’s egg blue and classic wreaths make a pretty first impression. New cedar dormers enhance the exterior appeal, as well.
A spectacular holiday home in a winter wonderland.
Aglow with lights from inside and out, designer Sarah Richardson's sprawling 4,000-square-foot country house offers a warm, inviting respite from the snowy landscape.