Friday, April 27, 2012

Week 4 @ Summer Home with Samantha Pynn

Happy Friday!  Thank God the weekend is finally here and my secret gig is about to be wrapped up.  If everything goes according to plan, you will be reading about it in a couple of weeks.  I will share my excitement with you when the time comes, but today I will share with you what I love from this week's transformations at Summer Home.

photo credit: Tim Leyes
For Barb and Bob's cottage, the space has great potential and all it need is a slight modification of layout, attractive and practical storage solution, and gallons of white paints to brighten up the entire summer home.  Here is the before kitchen with lots of knotted pine and a lonely upper cupboard that's too high for Barb to reach.

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
With a fresh coat of paint, delicious apple green subway tile as backsplash, and country chic functional open shelve and butcher-block counter top, this kitchen is now everyone's dream!

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
Love that Sam designed an overhang with the counter to allow for a couple of bar stools for casual dining, and a sideboard with baskets as the perfect spot for drinks and dinnerware.  Don’t you just adore those simple artwork on the wall? Love them and such easy DIY for your own cottage.

via Chatelaine
via Chatelaine

Barb loves green and soft apple green is what Sam picked for this lakeside beauty. Pairing with white, the palette is fresh, crisp, and inviting. To add drama and incorporate storage in the dining room, Sam installed a series of open and close storage solutions from Ikea. For a custom built-in look, Sam painted the back of the cabinet a bright peacock blue to complement the green and white colour scheme.

The jumping off point for the living room comes from these colourful ready-made drapes with a Suzani inspired motif. Green and blue is what Sam extracted from the fabric to decorate the room with. If Barb and Bob decide to change it up a little in the future, they can easily pull the tomato red or any other colors for an easy switch.

via Chatelaine
via Chatelaine

"Painting Wood one Summer Home at a Time" is Sam's mission. For all you wood lovers out there (trust me, I know … I have one living at home), can you see that we wood painters are always right! This living room could never be white, bright, fresh, and airy if the entire room isn't painted completely white. Check out how high the ceiling look and I don't even mind the ceiling fan!

Love how Sam gave Barb's century old wicker set a new lease on life with fabrics and patterns. This maybe the most amount of patterns Sam has injected in Summer Home. Geometric, damask, suzani, and solid: they are all sitting happily next to each other on the window seat! The trick to achieve the look without a pattern crash is to make sure they share similar complexity and complement each other in colors.

image via HGTV Canada
Don't you just love the mis-match of lamps and side tables? As long as they are similar in scale and colour, who cares if they are not a pair?

image via HGTV Canada
Just as we thought: wait a minute, we haven't seen a classic nautical palette in Season 2 of Summer Home yet. Well, Sam and Joel did just that in Helen's Summer Home. This is a particularly fun project since Sam used to go to the same school the Helen's kids! This actually got me thinking, we are my high school buddies? Are any of them famous now that they could help redo my place?

Dreaming aside, this dining room has certainly gone from dark & dated to the ultra chic dining destination next to the lake!

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
To tie-in with the recently updated living room, a nautical navy and white palette is the backdrop for a crisp, modern country bon appétit.  To take the classic sea-side palette up a notch, Sam and Joel added mandarin orange, muted brass chandelier, a DIY rope table lamp, and a freshly sprayed China cabinet in blue. 

image via HGTV Canada
Love the wallpaper detail at the back of the China cabinet for interest and how it echos the trellis pattern on a pair of pillows.  These ikea wicher chairs must be the most well-loved chairs among designers for cottage project.  Sarah has also used them in her own farm house!  With a pair of graphic floral pillows in blue & white, these chairs now looks like they are from Angus & Company ... only a lot more affordable.

image via National Post
Sam was also on CityLine a couple of weeks ago talking about outdoor furniture and how to dress up your dining table in a few short minutes for causal summer dining.  Check this out!

4 comments:

  1. What a great transformation. I LOVE the light fixture in the kitchen. Do you know where it's from?

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  2. Great recap, Tim! Loving Sam's take on the Summer Home!

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  3. I looooooove that kitchen. Butcher block counters, white cabinetry and subway tiles....mmm. The perfect recipe for a fab kitchen.

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  4. Love the show. I have two cottages aka summer homes and I am decorating. What might help someone like me, would be some options which involve an expanded colour palette.

    The white is very nice, but perhaps not for everyone....

    Thanks !

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