Photo Gallery: Winter Cottages
Rustic retreats in the Great White North.
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.
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. A unique antler chandelier gives a cabin-in-the-woods feel.
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.
See more of Kate Thornley-Hall’s Holiday Cabin in our photo gallery.
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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.
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 lacquered moose head, hide rug and roaring fire reminds us that the great outdoors lies just beyond those windows.
We can imagine 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 bring a sense of symmetry and calm to the room. A cowhide rug and zebra print foot stools add a fun, modern edge to an otherwise traditional, rustic space.
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 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.
Homeowner and stylist Deb Nelson eked out a work area in the attic’s guest bedroom by tucking a table she made herself below the eaves. Exposed wood beams and a cream and brown palette lend an earthy air to the space.
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.
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 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.
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.