Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PEI Retreat w/ Margot Austin

Hello Wednesday! Are you all excited about the long weekend? The May long weekend has traditionally been the time when we kick off garden projects.  Clearing dried leaves, tidying up the flowerbeds, and of course getting ready to plant the fresh blooms!  We have been spoiled by global warming for the past few years to believe that we could jump on the planting wagon as early as mid-April.  Well, Mother Nature has her last laugh again as she greeted us with wind + hail storm in the middle of May! Take that Global Warming!

Anyway, yours truly is looking forward to the warm and sunny weekend as per the weather man's forecast.  For those of you who are planning to head to your cottages, perhaps it is now the perfect time to do some planting and spring decorating at your home away from home.  Now for those real lucky ones whose cottages are right off the lake, you have got to check out Margot Austin's super chic and inviting cottage at Prince Edward Island.

image via House & Home Online TV
The cottage is tiny but Margot has worked her magic to incorporate all the functions and comforts of a home + visually expanded the space by having the walls and ceiling painted creamy white and a soft warm grey for the floor.  The living space is anchored by a tailored sofa bed upholstered in greyish blue  fabric to echo the many shades of blue from the sky and ocean outside of the windows.  Short of space to house out-of-town guests? The living room can easily be transformed into a stylish bedroom within minutes thanks to the dreamy pillows and nautical striped bedding

image via House & Home Online TV
Tucked neatly next to the living area is the dining area with a big, bright window to take full advantage of the view.  By using a simple white table and a set of director's chairs covered in durable white canvas, the look of the dining zone is light, airy, and calm.  It is such a smart solution in this small cottage: the dining area almost blends in completely with the walls!     

image via House & Home Online TV
To add warmth and charm to the freshly painted white box, Margot mastered this captivating gallery wall with her favourite artwork that inject originality and authenticity to her PEI getaway.  I love the light house painting; it is perfect for an East Coast escape. 

image via House & Home Online TV
The kitchen is a classic example of how you can live large in a small space.  It takes up next to no square footage, and yet it has all the modern conveniences we need ... and it is incredibly chic! All dressed in white, my eyes are immediately drawn to the details such as the farmhouse sink, the wall-mounted faucet, the penny round backsplash, the pendent fixture, and of course the super fun lobster fabric window treatment.  

left image via Style at Home; right images via House & Home Online TV
Before we continue our tour to the second floor, I have got to show you the charming mudroom with a nautical flair.  Really if you live on an island surrounding by the ocean with an infinite view, would you not be inspired by what nature has to offer? I love the use of deep navy in this mudroom.  It is such a departure from the rest of the space and the color gives the mudroom its presence + a stunning first impression.

image via House & Home Online TV
On the second floor, Margot's made the most out of the tight corner with sloped ceiling by creating a cozy bedroom for guests.  By tucking the bed right next to the sloped ceiling, Margot now has room to add a few hooks for jackets/ clothes, a painted bedside table, a classic table lamp and vintage prints on the wall to complete the look.  When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.  In this case, I think this lemonade is imported from France!

Spy the rope railing? It is absolutely perfect for this cottage right by the ocean and what an ingenious idea.  (note: the rope railing at the PEI cottage is white.  The image on the right is a shot from Margot's Tweed home)  

image via House & Home Online TV + House & Home
Ahh ... the master bedroom.  I love how this room is filled with all things Margot and Mr. K love + one of a kind treasures.  The faux bamboo luggage stand with storage was from a local hotel (who knew PEI has such strong love for faux bamboo!) and that bright yellow headboard just makes me happy.  It also set the tone for a preppy palette with the mix of white and deep navy blue.  Margot added a sisal rug for texture and softness + a vintage chandelier with sea shells to further embrace the coastal vibe.

image via House & Home Online TV
Want to take a walkthrough with Margot, check it out here!


So what is your favourite elements of this stylish East Coast getaway? If you are looking for one of a kind treasures, check out Vintage Fine Objects!  Mr. K has new items coming in regularly and a section of the shop is dedicated to great finds he would put right in his PEI cottage.  

5 comments:

  1. So so awesome and fresh! Think she'd invite me over? I can't be too far away! Ha!:)

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    1. Hi Tim, Thanks so much for the lovely feature. One tiny correction -- the rope railing and staircase shot above is actually the one at our Tweed house -- which my Dad and I did in 2006. Joel Bray did shoot a rope story with some other ideas, using our place as the location to shoot. And yes, I am so obsessed with rope railings that I do have one in PEI too. You can just see it in that last shot through the doorway.

      Also, Jane, come on over -- we are in Morell. If I see a car in the driveway I'll put the kettle on.

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    2. Thanks Margot for your comments and for the correction on the rope idea. I love the rope idea and yes would have to visit you and Jane at PEI one day soon! I have never been to PEI but it's definitely on the list of places to visit when Chris' parents are here :)

      Happy long weekend ladies!

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  2. Love the whole space, its awesome! And PEI is one of the prime jewels of Canada, so there isn't a better spot for it. And there are lots of small antique shops all over the island where you can find great stuff for really reasonable prices.

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    1. thanks for the tips Lindsey! Maybe we will have to go for a little shopping trip!

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