Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Week 5 @ Summer Home with Samantha Pynn

Happy Wednesday!  I know the weatherman is forecasting rain for the next couple of days but look at it from the bright side, we are going to have 25C and 27C in early May!  For those lucky ones who have their own summer homes, it is time to start checking out your local flee markets & antique stores, unearth hidden gams, and learn from Sam on how to transform your place from ordinary to knock-your-socks-off summer getaway!

photo credit: John Queenan
Speaking of ordinary summer home, Evelyn's cottage is truly extraordinary ... and not in a good way.  Here is Evelyn's dark, dingy country home at Lake Simcoe full of collectables and memorabilia:

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
And this is Evelyn's easy, breezy, and clutter free summer retreat with lots of help from Sam and Malcolm. The transformation is absolutely night and day, and I still can't believe this is the same room!  See you wood lovers, never under-estimate the power of paints!      

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
I love the soothing palette of this living room.  Inspired by the sandy stones on the fireplace, the walls and the beams are painted a soft grey, while the ceiling receives a fresh coat of warm white.  The new light colored floor also makes a huge difference compares to the old wall-to-wall carpet that has seen better days.  The bamboo blinds add a touch of pale yellow and echos the natural sea grass stool that doubles as side table.  

One thing I want to point out is the smart layout Sam and Malcolm came up with.  This updated space has the same amount of seating capacity (if not more) compares to the before living zone, but it is now open and airy.  By moving the sofa that was stuck at the back wall to the front of the room, the living space is now well defined and ready for causal entertaining.      

image via HGTV Canada
Raspberry pink, mossy green, and turquoise blue are the pops of color Sam picked to accentuate the neutral backdrop.  You all know I love pillows and check out these adorable ones!! 

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
Understanding that Evelyn is sentimental about the history and her memory of this family home, Sam found this super cute and functional side table to display Evelyn's treasure.  Once again, paint has saved the day and I just love the pale coral pink on this little side table. 

image via HGTV Canada
Of course one of my favourite design elements of this transformation is this handcrafted nook for Evelyn to showcase her collectables and memorabilia.  This spot is perfect for display as it's the first wall you will see the moment you walked into the cottage.  

image via HGTV Canada
Collin did an amazing job to retrofit the weathered barn boards into these stunning floating shelves.  These shelves add character, texture, and old world charm to the refreshing palette of this summer home.  Loving all the shadow box arts Sam and Malcolm put together and that collection of metal beer cups!  

image via HGTV Canada
Now we are stepping into the adjacent dining room where the entire room is painted a soft turquoise blue: the exact color match to the water of Lake Simcoe right outside of Evelyn's windows. 

image via HGTV Canada
I love the mixed period styling in this dining room.  We have industrial style pendant over the rustic country dining table, dining chairs with a mid-century modern vibe, traditional plates as wall arts, and a trendy execution of a classic lamp all under one roof.

image via HGTV Canada
Let's have a closer look at this gorgeous table lamp.  With its substantial base and well-proportioned shade, this lamp is set to be the star in this dining room.  It has a traditional silhouette, yet the coral base and the lucite feet make it a very current lamp.  I also love how it plays off against this painted vintage buffet. 

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
Episode 10 of Summer Home is a big project.  We are not talking about "Painting wood panelling, one Summer Home at a time" here, Evert and James' summer home didn't even have drywalls!  But you know what that all means: the bigger the mess, the better the transformation.  Sam and Joel have stepped up to the challenge to turn a raw space like this:    

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
... into this breathtakingly beautiful modern boat house retreat:

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
Shall we start from the lounge area?  To give the room a strong natural focal point, Sam installed a gas fireplace and built-in box cases on either side for a classic symmetrical design.  Again cottage living is all about causal entertaining and great conversation.  By having a slipcover pull-out couch on one side and two arm chairs on the other, this is now the ultimate sweet spot to catch up with good friends. 
      
image via HGTV Canada
I am loving the white-washed tongue and groove pine panelling on the walls and of course those fun boating signal DIY art projects.  All you need is felts, a ready-made frame, some double-sided tape, and you are off to the race!  Joel ... you are the DIY King!

image via HGTV Canada
Another design detail I love about this transformation is that 6" band of checker on the edge of the solid navy drapery panels.  This, my friend, is your one way ticket to turn basic drapery panels from big box store to custom designer drapes at fraction of the costs. 
  
image via HGTV Canada
This fireplace wall is such a strong feature in this room and I love that Sam and Joel painted the back of these low bookcases blue for a nautical touch.

image via HGTV Canada
A beautiful mix of color and patterns on these pillows: plaid, stripe, and chevrons ... Sam has got them all!

image via HGTV Canada
James wants urban contemporary and Evert wants country chic: Sam has found the perfect wicker arm chair that satisfies both of their needs.  While the clean-line club chair style appeals to James, the warmth and charm from the wicker speaks to Evert's country knot.  I of course love this little stool upholstered in this oh-so-stylish plaid.  

image via HGTV Canada
Being the first point of entry when you return from a day out on the lake, Evert and James are looking for a "wet bar" right by the door to fix up drinks and small bites for casual entertaining.  This space used to be Evert's "workout" zone and now it is a chic, stylish, operational bistro inspired kitchen with a spectacular view of the lake!  

The nautical palette with a hit of raspberry also carries into the kitchen.  I love that Sam picked the warm butcher block countertop to go with the red cabinets and the amazing carrara marble for the island.  As for the icing on the cake, how can you say no to these brushed aluminum bar stools and industrial boat house pendants?  I'm sure both Evert and James adore this "wet bar". 

image via HGTV Canada
One last remark: a trip to the spray does make wonder!  Check out these big box shaker style kitchen cabinet doors being transformed from basic white to custom race car red for a small investment.  Totally worth every penny in my book.

image via HGTV Canada
Hope you enjoy this week's Summer Home.  Three more exciting episodes to become before we wrap up the season!  See you all on Friday!

8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! What a transformation.
    I don't have cable right now....so I appreciate your weekly re-caps! Keeps me in the know ;)

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  2. Ahh I missed these and they look SO great!! Sam really has a fantastic style perfectly suited to this show.

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  3. I love your re-caps too as I have only managed to watch the 2nd episode. I am mad that HGTV only does Eastern feed so any good shows are on at times that don't work for us on the west coast!

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  4. glad that I could help my ladies! isn't it an amazing season? it is mostly decorating and less renovation but I love all the transformation. What is your favourite so far?

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    1. Tough question. There hasn't been one of Sam's designs that I don't love. I too thank-you for the recaps; we didnt get this show yet in the US.

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    2. Glad I can help! Two more weeks to go on Summer Home!

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  5. Well I love the "Boat House Retreat" It's my favourite...or course...it's my cottage. These pictures are wonderful but you have to see the space to really enjoy the fabulous work Samantha, Joel, Colin and the team did on our space. Thanks for the recap Tim.

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    1. Thanks so much Evert to share your space with us on TV and the images you sent me of the exercise room! don't you just want Sam and her team to come back and redo the entire place all over again?

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