Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lakeside Cottage w/ Allison Willson

Happy Wednesday!! Mother Nature has been very kind to us and I just couldn’t help but to be in full-blown cottage living (a.k.a. obsession) mode.  Yours truly will be heading to his favourite Bed & Breakfast for an extra long weekend in a couple of weeks and have already book a week long getaway at this cozy retreat.  To keep myself bright and cheerful, I thought to myself: why not share some of my all-time favourite cottages with you all for the month of May?  I don’t have a cottage (yet) but if I have one, I will for sure be stealing many inspirational ideas from these beautiful spaces.

To kick off Cottage Month at DesignMaze, I am thrilled to share with you this cozy and charming cottage designed by Allison Willson, a designer from Sarah RichardsonDesign.  If you’ve watched Season 2 of Sarah 101, you’d probably recognize Allison from many episodes scouting shops in Toronto for the perfect table, artwork, and accessories and putting together beautiful spaces for dramatic transformations.  As for the transformation of her very first cottage, the result is warm, inviting, with a touch of whimsy and a sense of heritage.

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The main floor living room features a statement stone fireplace, stunning wood beams on the ceiling, and sensational windows that flood the space with natural light.  I have always admire the room layouts at Sarah’s projects and here, Allison has maximized the number the seating possible by having a sculptural sofa from Montauk, a pair of rattan chairs (love the woven texture), and a vintage settee given a new lease on life with a fresh linen dress.   

The kitchen certainly has a signature SR touch with classic shaker-style cabinet doors in creamy white, opened display nooks with pure white ceramic collection for an organic touch, painted island in pale robin’s egg blue for function and accent, and unique pendants over the island (vintage copper beauty in this case).  What I love the most about this space is herringbone pattern executed via travertine on the floor, the beadboard detail on the range hood, the Carrara marble backsplash in subway tile style, and the grasscloth in wheat color to add warmth to the heart of this house.    

The outdoor space is breathtakingly beautiful with a spectacular view of Balsam Lake, and a perfect blend of Allison’s hip aesthetic with Tony’s cottage/heritage root.  Refined Country Charm is how I would like to call this outdoor lounge zone.  The clean line sofa and chairs with navy slipcovered cushions from Andrew Richard Designs work harmoniously with the pair of classic Muskoka chairs.  I love the natural wood tone, and especially the rustic planks on the deck. 

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The family room takes on a more contemporary approach with the use of a striking + bold ink and white palette with a dramatic diamond patterned kilim from West Elm.  The sectional sofa is upholstered in soft grey with a subtle herringbone motif for an instant classic look, while the reclaimed wood + dark metal base adds an industrial vibe to the space.  With the addition of a painted side table for a touch of Morocco + a cluster of vintage blue glass jars, this family room definitely has a strong eclectic sensibility and a global-traveller personality.

The powder room is also one of my favourites with a re-purposed antique side table as vanity.  Allison paired it with a statement ironstone sink, and of course a stroke of bold pattern with the classic Woodswallpaper from Cole & Son.

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The master bedroom features my absolutely favourite Chenonceau wallpaper from Schumacher (what a stunning and impactful wall treatment) and how can you not be in love with this charming headboard with just the right amount of patina?  DIY has never looked so good … Allison, two thumbs up!  

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Do you have a cottage in need for a little TLC or that special designer touch? I would love to hear the challenges and which design elements from Allison's cottage would you steal for your own cottage!

Happy Hump Day!

1 comment:

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