Located just beside the owner’s main house in The Beach neighborhood of Toronto, this two-bedroom guesthouse’s architecture, design and landscaping make it feel like it’s nestled in the heart of cottage country. “The owners wanted something like an English garden house,” says designer Margot Bell of Peaks & Rafters, the design firm and store rooted in Port Carling, Ontario, and now in Toronto.
For the exterior, architects Brian Lee and Marilyn Lake drove home a beach house feel with whitewashed shingles. But the biggest sleight of hand may be how this house makes guests feel like they’re on vacation, miles away from the pressures of work. “You could walk into the house in wellies with flowers in your arms and go right into the kitchen,” says Margot. Read on to recreate the look of a breezy weekend escape in the city.