Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Week 6: Summer Home with Samantha Pynn

Morning Wednesday!  The weekend is shaping up to be another gorgeous one, and I'm sure you all lucky ones will be heading north to your country retreats.  This week's Summer Home is all about out with the old and in with an unified style!  As Malcolm pointed out, most cottages have three solid staples: pizza lighting fixture, ceiling fan, and corner fireplace. If you are struck out on all three counts, you have to take note of Sam's transformations.  


Peter and Lily's have newly purchased their cottage.  This family getaway features pastel green walls, orange/golden oak stain in kitchen, and decades old wall-to-wall carpeting.  The existing layout is efficient and all this diamond in the rough needs is a full-blown cosmetic update.   

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
And this is the Peter and Lily's dream Hamptons hideaway!  It is sophisticated, elegant, glamorous, and yet relaxing and approachable.  Nothing is too precious or off-limit in this summer home, especially with two young girls in the family.  I absolutely love this kitchen/dining room transformation!  With fillers and crown moulds installed above the existing upper cabinets and lower cabinets painted black, this dated kitchens from the 70s is now a custom kitchen!  To up the elegant factor and the boost the bistro vibe, carrara marble tiles were installed in a brick pattern.  Open shelves offer easy access to daily essentials and a great place to display your latest local finds.   

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
My absolute favourites in this kitchen and dining room transformation?  Those incredible dining chairs and the oversized lantern style chandelier!  Originally part of a dining set, these attractive chairs with the unique design as their backs received a coat of vibrant coral orange to enliven an otherwise black & white + grey monochromatic palette.  

Giant lantern with black frame is sophisticated and high in style. I love how airy the space feels even with this huge lighting fixture sitting right in the middle of the room.  With 6 candles on standby, this dining room is ready to serve up a romantic dinner.  So inspired that I am now hunting for a pair of smaller lantern style pendants in a hallway of an industrial style loft for an eclectic look.

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
Let's head into the living quarter.  Adjacent to the classic kitchen, this light-filled living room is airy, fresh, outfitted with practical and attractive upholstered furniture, and has full of patterns and textile interests via decorative pillows.

image via HGTV Canada
Love that Sam was able to find the third door in similar style.  Once frosted finish has unified the three doors and at a glance, you probably won't even notice they are different. 

I adored the artwork here.  I remember seeing a similar piece online and it was gold.  If gold is too Hollywood for Summer Home, why not painting it grey? 

image via HGTV Canada
Pops of Black here and there is how Sam and Malcolm add sophistication and glam to the space.  I totally agree with them on this approach.  In my opinion, the matte black lamp shade is the star of the show in this vignette! 

image via HGTV Canada
I am of course crazy about these pillows: stripe, peacock, floral, and geometric print ... they are all different and yet they totally work thanks to the overall blue/turquoise and black/white color scheme.

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
This dated summer home with every finishes imaginable (on both walls and floors) belongs to 8 families!  With almost 30 people on the attendee list on long weekends, Sam and Joel have the tall order to max out seating and dining capacity without turning the summer home into a school cafeteria!  Here is the before cottage ... not too inviting.

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
This is the new summer retreat Sam and Joel delivered to 8 families. The space is un-recognizable!! Now this is what we call a transformation! The success of this facelift is hugely due to the unification of flooring and wall covering.  By installing the same wood flooring and painted pine boards on walls in both the living and kitchen/dine-in areas, it now reads as one big space for the family members to lounge, relax, and dine as they wish. 

photo credit: John Queenan courtesy of HGTV Canada
Green and the color of natural fiber is the soothing palette of this cape cod inspired living room. Designers are such trend spotters.  Just as we are now going through the "green" phase in fashion and home décor, Sam and Joel already did that in Summer Home, last summer!  I love the beachy flair and how warm and inviting the space looks.  With green cotton slipcovered sofa to lounge on and soft sisal rug to rest your feet, who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon here reading a book and chatting with friends?

image via HGTV Canada

I fell in love with this yellow and cream cherry blossom embroidered drapery panels the first time I saw it at the fabric store (I actually picked up a couple of yards with sky blue blooms), and now I wish I had picked up a pair for my bedroom!  It is soft, delicate, and a pretty element to embrace Mother Nature in our interiors.     

The rocker is a family treasure. By pairing it with a cheerful checker pillow and a freshly painted unit in buttery yellow, the rocker is now the sweet spot everyone is fighting over for.

image via HGTV Canada
No room is completed without pillows and I heart the fix of stripes and fern.  To me, this is refreshing country chic!  
   

image via HGTV Canada
Now isn't this kitchen every cottage owner's dream! It is a bistro kitchen with subway tiles all the way to the ceiling and durable quartz counter top for a classic touch. The dark grey grout is both a trendy and practical choice for a country kitchen. You know what's the best feature of this kitchen? The view!! I would love to cook and do dishes in this kitchen.
image via HGTV Canada
Storage and seating is key in this kitchen/dine-in area. To max out seating capacity, Sam and Joel designed a banquette with storage that runs the entire length of the room. The kitchen island has also been supersized to incorporate a large overhang for casual dining for at least 3! Mis-match vintage chairs now look better than ever with a fresh new coat of green paint. The creamy yellow walls complement the white bistro kitchen beautifully, and this cheerful color just put a smile on my face.

image via HGTV Canada
And you know what else put a smile on my face? Charming wildlife!  Here is a fun clip of Sam feeding the local residents: deers. 



I was at an event earlier this week and see who I bumped into!!  The oh-so-pretty and very friendly Sam and Mr. Summer Ready Joel in his killer jeans!  Me on the other hand ... looks a bit like a walking zombie that morning after only having 3 hours of sleep!


Hope you picked up a few tips from this week's episodes and please come back to tell me what ideas from Summer Home you have incorporated into your own cottage!  See you all on Friday! 

11 comments:

  1. I have been in love with those Robert Abbey Millbrook pendant for over 2 years for my kitchen. That means I should buy it right? hahaha...great recap!

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    1. Thanks!! Yes the pendant is dynamite!

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  2. Love the lantern pendant she used over the dining table!

    P.S. Looking fab in that jacket!

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  3. I forgot to DVR this week's episodes - thanks for the recap!

    Yes, I remember Designwali asking about the Millbrook on my post of a client's dining room. It is still one of my faves too.

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    1. oh that's right!! You used that in your dining room project! I need to find the source for it!

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  4. Oh that girl is so talented!
    And what fun that you met up with Sam and Joel. And you look just as fabulous as they do....no zombie in sight ;) Cheers!

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    1. awww.... . thanks Amy! now I need to sleep well tonight for a fun and very exciting "thing" tomorrow!

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  5. Thanks for the great post, I really like Sam's simple and effortless style. Loving the coral dining chairs.

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  6. Again missed this week's episodes. Glad you have such a great re-cap AND lucky you to bump into Joel and Sam!

    You didn't happen to know the source of that large lantern pendant in house #1?

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  7. Anyone know the paint color Sam used on the walls (and upper cabinets)? Anyone catch the name of the black she used on the lowers?

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