August 3, 2020

This Sweet Cottage Proves You Don’t Have To Travel Far To Relax & Unwind

Some cottagers crave fast boats and never-ending parties, but not Eric and Caroline Bouffard — they enjoy lo-fi pursuits such as swimming, paddleboarding and kayaking. So, when the couple — she’s an interior designer, he’s an electrical engineer — searched for a getaway, they knew they didn’t want a rowdy setting that drowned out the sound of the birds, or a cottage where flash trumped family. “We’ve dreamed about living by the water; I’ve always been drawn to it,” says Caroline. A small lake with an old-fashioned name won their hearts. “There’s something magical about Lake Libby,” she says. “We saw the potential to set up a little paradise for the family,” says Caroline of the crew that includes their sons, Justin, 23, and Marek, 15.

The chalet reboot was a mom-and-pop operation that was completed on weekends over the summer of 2018. Caroline infused the 1,060-square-foot space with her signature refined-rustic style. “I wanted everyone to enjoy the place without worrying about damaging anything or being messy,” says Caroline, who often hosts her sister and her two children.

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Author: Iris Benaroia

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