A Tiny & Colorful 250-Square-Foot Cottage Bunkie
Inspired by its stunning surrounding landscape, this small cottage bunkie in Lake Muskoka is decorated in a soothing palette of blue, green and brown. “You embrace the environment and the view out the windows and go with that,” says designer James Davie. With the shell already constructed, and plumbing and electrical roughed in, James got to work applying the finishing layers. Offsetting custom designs with big-box-store steals and vintage pieces kept the project on budget, ensuring the bunkie was ready for all the sandy feet, wet bathing suits and sticky s’mores fingers summer has to offer. Click through to see the colorful space.
An outside look at the quaint Lake Muskoka cottage.
Seafaring style comes ashore in this living room complete with a storage ottoman and pullout sofa. Two glass lamps (made from flea market vases) balance out the space, while a large metal sign and copper lantern add playful patina.
Despite the small footprint, James managed to fit a full-size farmhouse sink, under-counter fridge and plenty of storage into the kitchenette. Mint-green enamel shades give the light fixtures a vintage look.
Painting the window trim, baseboards and crown molding light blue, and using a deeper blue on the cabinetry and shelves, adds dimension. “I wanted a more complex paint story,” says James. Traditional apron-style supports and beaded edges make the open shelves look more substantial.
James designed a ladder and rope railing to give access to the second floor. With one full and two twin beds in the loft, and a pullout sofa on the main floor, the bunk can sleep six. “This isn’t your typical woodsy cottage bunk. It’s more of a nod to Hamptons beach style,” he says.
James generally prefers swing doors, but with space at a premium, a pocket door made the most sense here. Painting it a darker blue than the trim is an unexpected designer touch.