Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Week 3 @ Summer Home with Samantha Pynn

Hello Wednesday and you all know what that means!  We are half way through the week and of course it is the day for my weekly recap of Summer Home.  Before we go right into my high lights of this week's episodes, don't you just love how Sam makes everything looks so effortlessly elegant?  Check out Miss Daisy in a Pitcher!

image credit: John Queenan 
Episode 5 is all about Boys vs Girls.  Troy purchased his bachelor pad in the woods before he met Sarah.  Fast forward 10 years and 4 kids later, the main living area of this family cottage remains the "Boy's Fishing Lodge".  Welcome to .... sorry, I just can't think of a name for this before room.  

image credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
Determine to strike the right balance between the sexes and to bring brightness and freshness into this summer retreat, Sam and Malcolm injected colors, patterns, and textures that appeal to everyone.  Sam also maxed out the seating capacity in this living room by placing a sofa, a love seat, a wicker chair, a pair of upholstered chairs, and two ottomans for a cozy family hub.  The floor covering also received a major upgrade.  This grey carpet is soft on feet and super durable to withstand wear and tear.   

The black fireplace no longer sticks out like a sore thumb.  With the highly textured stone walls as backdrop, the fireplace is now a beautiful addition to the space. 

image credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
Of course this bright and airy feel wouldn't have been possible without a few coats of soft whites on "most" of the walls.  Sam and Malcolm kept the beams and the staircase untouched.  Talking about making compromise!  But hey, if a little compromise can lead to a small piece of tropical paradise like this, why not?

image via HGTV Canada
This shot is the classic example of boys meet girls.  The bold stripped fabrics in navy and green speak to the male audiences, while the delicate shell ball, floral accents, and soft taupe draperies make the girls feel at home.  For a custom touch, extra comfort and luxury, Sam took out the back cushions that came with the sofa and replaced them with these large down-filled pillows.  

image via HGTV Canada
This family of six also had a slight problem in their dining room: 5 chairs and 6 takers!  I assumed the little one had always sat with Mom or Dad?  To address this seating issue and to open up the space, an all white dining set is called to the rescue.  The black iron chandelier echos the charcoal grey on the wood burning fireplaces.  The black also helps ground the space.       

image via HGTV Canada
Storage is a huge issue in this cottage and to solve this problem, Sam and Malcolm sourced a ready made closet unit with sliding doors.  The off-the-shelve unit was too deep for the space and so Sam had the unit cut down from 22" to 14" deep.  Check out this ultimate storage solution at cottage country!

image via HGTV Canada 
image via HGTV Canada
Love these two shots (both via HGTV Canada).  I think it's time for me to go get a real orchid for Spring!



Episode 6 presents a bit of a challenge: an A-Frame cottage full of orange cider wood and Gabrielle, the lady of the house, does not want them painted!  Isn't that a bit of an unexpected twist?  The A-frame surely is an attractive architectural detail, however the slope also makes it very difficult for furniture placement and storage in the kitchen.  As you can see, David and Gabrielle have their cups and wine glassing hanging off the wall, and creatively put together two sofas to act as a "sectional".      

image credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
With a little arm wrestling, Sam convinced Gabrielle that the only way to bring freshness and needed storage into the space is a brand new kitchen in white.  Thank God for good old white paint, this place has gone through a time portal and transformed from "70s Retro" to classic country chic!

image credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
Let's start our tour from the living room.  Sam and Joel reupholstered these beautiful wood framed sofas in soft neutral grey and have them placed facing each other for a cozy hang out nook.  A custom turn leg coffee table in warm wood tone ties in perfectly with the cedar.  Collin also custom a clean line media unit to fit right under the sloped ceiling.  

image via HGTV Canada
The grey and the light lavender from the fabrics also help "cool off" the orange hue.   Man I just love these mid-century sofas!!  Joel I'm with you ... these sofas would also look great at my place as well.  Maybe we can both take one home!

image via HGTV Canada
You all know I love to play with patterns and textures, especially through fabrics.  The jumping off point here is this gorgeous floral with all the soft purple and muted green.  I have a serious love affair with this exact trellis fabric (I think I have 5 yards at storage) and now I know exactly what to do with it!     

image via HGTV Canada
The muted green revive these tired dining chairs.  A pair of upholstered chairs from Moveline Liquidations and the dynamite drapery panels give the dining room its presence and up the elegant factor. 

image via HGTV Canada
Here comes the real transformation!  I can easily have this kitchen in my own cottage (if I have one) in a heart beat!  Classic shaker style doors pairing oil rubbed knobs, carrara marble counter top, trio of brass pendants, stainless steel appliances, and I even love the original wood details next to the windows! 

One fantastic design element I love about this kitchen is how Sam moved the fridge from its original location and had it hidden "inside" the side wall.  Now you don't see the fridge from every corner of the house and at the same time, you have gained a couple feet of precious counter and storage space next to the stove!
  
image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
One last detail: nothing beats an apron sink and a vintage styled goose neck faucet.  Love IT!

image via HGTV Canada
And you know what else I love: the fun and little girl side of Sam!  Check out this oh-so-adorable clip on Collin and Joel rescuing Sam from the lake.

7 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say I adore your condo in Style at Home and now I adore your blog as well!! Truly inspiring :)

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    1. Thanks so much Joelle!! It made me super happy to hear from my readers how much they enjoy reading my posts and what they would like to see more.

      Come back and visit me every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new blog posts :)

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  2. Troy & Sarah's summer "fishing lodge" was wow. The final result is gorgeous of course. When I saw the room I said "Oh, that is a Navaho No No"....

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  3. These Afters are so amazing in part because the Befores are so hideous! Do love the transformations and am so glad they saved the sofas (in the second episode)as they were gorgeous.

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    1. don't you just love that sofa!! Man I would so go there and ask them to sell them to me! Need to ask Joel where that is!!

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  4. It's so hard for me to watch Summer Home since I remember being in the store for the filming {bright & early last summer!}. Great transformations none the less.

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    1. Oh Wendy!! I know what you mean ... with them searching for the right pieces in the store. Huge. Hope things are good with you too. It has been awhile since I last saw you.

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