I live in a neighborhood close to downtown Toronto nestled on Lake Ontario. In the early 1900’s the neighborhood was used as a summer retreat for Toronto residents less than 10 miles away. Large private homes and ‘cottages’ sprang up in the area which still remain standing today. Many of the homes originally built were never intended to last 100 years – but they have. Garages constructed to originally house buggies or Model T’s were narrow wooden structures built apart from the house. One of these old wooden garages belongs to a friend of mine who I have named ‘Superwoman’. Superwoman (SW) is capable of anything – she can leap tall buildings if she puts her mind to it. SW has transformed her old wooden garage into a ‘ladies lounge’ – the female version of a ‘man cave’. What SW started with was this:
At some point in the history of this garage a former owner had built a chimney and drywall the inside. (I suppose to use as a workshop.) There were remnants of old linoleum on the floor and many, many holes where raccoons and squirrels entered to take up residence. Of course SW had a lot of her own ‘junk’ in there too. But once SW decided that this valuable piece of real estate could be better used there was no stopping her. Out went the junk, the drywall was ripped down, the chimney was dismantled, the numerous holes were covered, the linoleum was pulled up etc. etc. etc. SW had her work cut out for her.
But after many months of hard work the Ladies’ Lounge is finally ready. Stay tuned for the reveal!
If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now “I love windows”!! Especially new and larger ones. During our recent cottage renovation the decision to remove the upper kitchen cabinets allowed for the kitchen window to get doubled in size. This enlarged window now makes a dark corner much brighter and gives an even better view to the lake.
The drywall finally goes up. I love new drywall too!
The 2 beams, necessary to hold the roof up will be clad in rough-hewn pine to give the appearance of logs for a more natural look.
As July draws nearer with cottage season swinging into full gear the push is on to complete this renovation. So stay tuned.
With the warm weather now here the majority of us will be heading to a ‘big box’ store to purchase our outdoor furniture but Vondom, a manufacturer of outdoor furniture, lighting and flowerpots takes the experience to a whole new level. Vondom collaborates with the most prestigious designers and architects of the world to create a new form of understanding in outdoor decoration. “VONDOM works to create art, always in search of the natural beauty of the product, giving them their own personality, always bearing in mind the vanguard of contemporary design, simply and balance.” Here are a few pieces from the vast collection of Vondom. Enjoy!
This past winter we headed up to our cottage or our ‘cabin in the woods’ (fondly coined by my Father-in-Law) to begin a cottage ‘make-over’.
Structurally everything was sound; this renovation was more about aesthetics. When the cottage was re-built in the early 1970’s the ceiling was only 7 ½ feet high (will never understand why!!) which not until recently posed any problem. But now our very tall son whenever he passed under the ceiling fan had a good chance of being scalped! So get rid of the fan or raise the ceiling? We opted to raise the ceiling. And this was also the perfect time to redecorate!
This project that has spread out over many weekends started one snowy day in early January. During winter we are not able to drive up to the cottage so we walk in from the road. There is no plumbing, the stove is not hooked up and the power often goes out in the middle of the night. Brrrrr! All provisions must be carried in and heated over the wood stove.
My husband and son emptied out the space and piled all the furniture into the bedrooms/bathroom/porch.
We also decided that since we were changing the ceiling we would get rid of the 1970’s wall paneling that in an attempt to disguise had painted red a few years ago. Not sorry to see any of it go including all the red upholstery. I realize now I tire of red real quick. Accents yes, walls and upholstery no!! Lesson learned.
Notice in the bedroom photo the taxidermy deer head! This was given to us from friends (who no longer wanted it themselves – it scared the grandkids) and right now we are in debate as to whether it will hang in the new space!!!! Stay tuned.