Monday, August 27, 2012

Canadian Living: Cottage Style with Suzanne Dimma

Happy Monday!  We are in the final week of August and luckily our weather forecast is absolutely gorgeous. Yes heading up north to cottage country is surely a summer tradition, but a modern, streamline, and organic private getaway on an island surrounded by magnificent trees and vibrant hues of yellow and rusty gold leaves certainly makes this custom home designed by Arriz Hassam of 3rd Uncle and Suzanne Dimma, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian House & Home, a perfect sanctuary right into the fall.


I am usually not a big fan of having natural wood wrapping from floor to ceiling.  However in this case, the Douglas-fir adds warmth, charm, coziness to this crisp, contemporary space.  I am loving all the natural elements in the space from the sliding door made out of weathered boards, the sea grass woven basket to store firewood, and a branch Suzanne found on the property for a sculptural statement.  


The organic sensibility is evident throughout this home-away-from-home with a pair the slipcovered chairs, a super stylish custom daybed with a creative mix of pattern & texture, and the grass area rugs to add a touch of softness and textile interest to the speckled, knotty floor.  I also love that the dark ebony stain on the exterior of the house also made a reappearance to the entrance to (1) tie in the exterior and interior of the house and (2) a dramatic accent wall that doubles as a secret passage to the bathroom.


Determined to minimize the impact to its surrounding, Suzanne studied the forces of Mother Nature on the island and habitats of local residence (wildlife in this case) for an extended period of time before picking the the final building site.  Attention to detail is also the key to this gorgeous home.  With the steel support poles painted matte black, this practical, structural essential now blends in harmoniously among the forest.

With an absolutely breathtaking view of the lake during morning breakfast and a roaring fire in the evening, who wouldn't want to be invited to this cottage for fall color?


The bathroom features smart storage trick under the cabinet, and the bedrooms incorporate both open and closed storage with full height cabinets, open shelves, and woven baskets.  I particularly love the mix of soft grey & white palette and how it juxtaposes against the nature wood.  I am extremely jealous of Suzanne for that white feather headdress.  I will find a space for you in my little condo one day!



I'm not done yet!  Suzanne will give you a private tour of her hideaway sanctuary:


Now have you heard of the Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweeptakes?  It is a once a year design project where Lynda Reeves, the publisher of Canadian House & Home magazine, along with Suzanne Dimma and the talented House & Home design team, put a lot of effort into creating an impeccable home for one lucky winner.  Here is my recap from the 2011 Showhome and for this year, the design team is inspired by an Ontario Stone house.  Here is your behind the scene special tour hosted by Lynda Reeves herself!


I am extremely excited to be attending the special preview of this beautifully designed home next week, and will give you a walk through later on.  In the mean time, make sure you check out the Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweeptakes and order your tickets today!

8 comments:

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    1. sorry Igor my super sensitive iphone somehow removed the comment :(

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  2. The thought of waking up to that view is just so relaxing! I'm imaging long morning walks through the trees and then coming back for a cosy breakfast. YES, PLEASE!

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    1. you bet!! I would love to do that too. What an amazing island and country home to relax and unwind!

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  3. Oh, how beautiful...can hardly wait to see your images...just wish I could see it in person!

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  4. These are so beautiful! Love the antler, really want to have one of those in my future home! So rustic and cozy.

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    1. I love the antler as well. Lucky for Suzanne she can just collect them around her property.

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  5. Fantastic inspiration, Tim!! It got me dreaming of a cabin getaway in the Canadian forests!

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