Decorating & Design

August 24, 2016

Joel Bray’s Quick Cottage Porch Makeover Tips

Designer Joel Bray takes a cottage porch from tired to terrific in just two days. 

My partner, Andrew Dunn, and I have been renting this cottage in Ontario’s Kawarthas region for five summers. You can actually see the cottage Andrew’s family rented when he was a kid from the dock, so it feels a bit like a family place. I’ve been making little tweaks around the home each summer, and the porch was one project I was dying to tackle. (Full disclosure: I’m the kind of person who will rearrange a hotel room if it doesn’t look quite right.) Last summer the cottage’s owners thanked me for the little changes I’d made over the years and agreed to let me give the front porch a makeover. I tackled it in one action-packed weekend — we drove up on a Friday, and I got to work the next morning!

Author: Emily Evans

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