I started writing about our cottage renovation a few months back. See start, gut, build, decor. It was a renovation that took many months due to distance, weather and holidays. But it is now complete. Our initial goal was to raise the low ceiling but at the same time to create a cohesive relationship between the interior and exterior. The cottage is truly about the nature and the ability to experience it. In the end our renovation has given us more than just a new space. The cottage’s clear lines and modernist approach has given us a greater appreciation of the amazing view beyond the large windows. But more interestingly is the cohesive relationship now created within the family. We spend more time together interacting as a family than ever before. This is a space where we sit down together and share moments rather than racing through on the way to somewhere else. We slow down and enjoy together.
Have a look.
The before photo minus the furniture. (Just prior to gutting)
The After photos.
We forgo the upper cabinets opting for a larger window and a better view of the lake. The wall above the stove is presently blank but waiting for the perfect piece of art that we have yet to find.
Counter space that we did not previously have is now a place for an ‘edible’ vignette.
I chose neutral but fun pillows to keep the space calm.
We are thrilled with the outcome of this renovation and love all that this cottage now gives to us.
All images via Modmissy
Kitchen cabinets, Rug, Stools, Island, Leather Chair – IKEA http://www.ikea.com/
Hanging Light Fixtures – Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/
Chevron Cushion – Nesters http://www.nestershome.com/
Turtle Pillow, Wooden Tiered Stand – HomeSense http://www.homesense.ca/
Nice. Looks like a beautiful get away spot.
Thanks Mike. It is truly our getaway in the woods, by the lake!
Missy, beautiful…all your hard work has paid off. Now you sit back and enjoy!
Very nice, crisp and neutral! 🙂
Crisp and neutral indeed. I really wanted ‘calm’ after having the cottage decorated in red for many years. I realize now that I don’t like living in ‘loud’ colours.
Wow, what a transformation – looks amazing! I’m sure you will get so much out of that new space.
Thanks Dani. I think I fell in love with the cottage again this summer. A change was what was needed!
Nice reno! Love that you kept the old wood stove & you nailed the seating arrangement, looks very cosy.
One tip for the art above the stove – make sure it’s not too precious and have it framed behind glass. A print would be perfect. I, too, have a piece above my stove & needs constant cleaning! But maybe I’m just a messy cook…
Hi M.D. I agree with your thoughts on the piece of art above the stove. Imagine boiling a big pot of water for pasta and the paint literally melting off the canvas! Ha!! I was thinking something natural and more of a 3-D design. Think birch bark??
Sculptural would definitely work: how about something metal referencing the natural world? Easy to take down and hose off. Love birch bark anything but bet it wouldn’t hold up well above a stove – use it in another spot!
How about something coated in resin? Artists are using this more and more – lots of options out there. Maybe try to resin coat your own photography? I made some jewelry using a 2 part resin and it is hard and waterproof – you can see the how-to here: http://lifeovereasy.com/2012/05/diy-memories-mom-or-anyone/
Fabulous idea. I checked out your link. A definite good contender. Thanks
Check out the link I just received as an idea to create art that is waterproof. http://lifeovereasy.com/2012/05/diy-memories-mom-or-anyone/
Love your cottage. It looks amazing! Glad you decided against the deer head 😉
Ha! I had to be firm on the deer head issue. But so far so good – no dead deer hanging on the wall.
What a transformation – the cottage looks like an entirely different place!
Well done, you two!
Lovely, in harmony with the nature outside And so inspiring that you finished the renovation by the end of the season. Many of us have good intentions, but never quite meet our goals…