Friday, July 12, 2013

Relaxed Sophisticated Cottage w/ Jessica Waks

Happy Friday! After some extreme weather conditions in Toronto earlier this week, we are finally seeing some lights at the end of this tunnel.  The sun will be shining bright on the weekend and this is fun summer cottage living at its best.  The July Issue of Style at Home featured a couple of cottages I am just in love with and today, I want to celebrate the bright weekend with a sophisticated country retreat decorated by Jessica Waks.

Before we tour this sensational cottage, here is Jessica's condo in the city and I admire her bold black & white palette + shots of fuchsia for a Hollywood glam statement.  The eclectic mix of iconic pieces from different design eras, the creative layering of patterns and textile interests, and the injection of gold accents to perfection, just to name a few ingenious design tricks I picked up from Jessica's makeover.

image via Style at Home
The design editors in interior design/ home decor magazines are truly multi-talented people.  Not only do they have impeccable taste and style, but they also have to transform ordinary homes from scout shoots into magazine worthy, inspirational showstoppers ... on a daily basis!!  For this challenge, Jessica maintained her love of dramatic color palette and transformed a tired cottage with mismatched decorating directions into a relaxing lake side retreat all in the name of sand, sea, and sky.     

image via Style at Home
With soaring ceiling height, Jessica ordered a custom two-tier chandelier that mimics the traditional candle lid version.  The white mini shades keep the chandelier looking fresh and again, a crisp contrast against the wrought iron construction.  To tie in the living room and the dining room, Jessica installed a smaller version of the chandelier in the dining room.  Now if you wonder what to do with the slightly dated but solidly built wood pieces at home, consider painting them ink black for a sophisticated makeover.  In this case, Jessica painted the corner hutch and the set of Windsor chair for a refined country look. 

image via Style at Home
In the article, Jessica talks about the challenge of furniture placement in this huge hexagonal living room.  I think she scored A++ by creating two seating areas to play off symmetry and the many shades of blue.  The two area rugs visually connect the two seating zones, while the placement of the daybed merge the two adjacent zones into one.  

To add warmth to the crisp, sharply contrasted blue & white nautical palette, Jessica has left some of the original wood work in its natural beauty, and added a few practical and stylish woven accessories, such as the tray on the coffee table and the sea grass side table.  Love the upholstery of the wing back: white pipping and the black feet, what is not to love?   

image via Style at Home
And what is the fool proof accent color to complement a classic nautical scheme? Black!  With a kitchen looking so stylish (love the trio of pendants and the ribbon detail on the romans), I am inspired to start cooking!

image via Style at Home
Are you now all eager to welcome a little nautical flair into your home?  I surely do and I am also jealous of Pat because Pat is the lucky winner of the $250 shopping experience at Designer Inspired Interiors with Jamie Alexander!   

Congrats Pat and I am sure you will have a super fun time at Designer Inspired Interior.  Please send me here with your contact information and the gift certificate will be on its way to you.

The pi'lo giveaway is on until next Thursday.  If you are looking for pure, organic home decor accessories, this is a giveaway you won't want to miss.

Happy weekend friends!


  1. I have to agree - blue and white has to be the ULTIMATE timeless colour palette. I'm totally hooked on it, especially because it spells out nautical/beach-side style in such a sophisticated and effortless way.

    Have a great weekend, Mr! x

  2. I love Jessica Waks' use of Chinoiserie pops throughout her design. I first spotted Gold Imari vases through one of the rooms she decorated and have since been obsessed with the vintage collection. Have a great weekend Tim!

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