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Whitewashed Weekender Ripe with Rustic Chandeliers

June 09, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A Lake Vernon lake house welcomes visitors after refreshing renovations.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Early Summer 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.38. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory.


Originally built in the 1990s, an outdated cottage on Lake Vernon was transformed into a stylish lakefront home with the help of Muskoka Custom Cottages
 
Looking for a place to gather a large, grown family, these homeowners opted to work with the existing structure rather than rebuild. They started by resealing the original whitewashed pine walls and ceilings, giving them a fresh coat of Simply White by Benjamin Moore, and refinished the original fir and elm floors.
 
Looking up from the cutting board in the expanded kitchen, there is a beautiful view of the lake through large new windows by Muskoka Window & Door Centre. Separated from the kitchen by a double-sided fireplace, the living room also has a spectacular view of Lake Vernon at sunset. Designer Tary Roosien of Urban Rustic Living outfitted the room with teal, corals and yellows giving it a bright and happy look.
 
The calming second floor master bedroom features blackout blinds by Window Quilt (Muskoka), for a good night’s sleep and glossy white-framed, wooden, chevron-patterned head and footboards. The main-floor bedrooms celebrate Muskoka with fun prints and wood accents, completing the cottage feel. The second floor of the garage is home to the man cave, which is furnished with a pool table, dining bar, kitchenette and a big screen.
 
From bleak to beach themed, this Lake Vernon cottage welcomes everyone with open arms; with enough space to entertain a crowd and relax when need be.

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Durable and easy-to-clean slipcovers in bright coral with printed pillows enliven the living room of this renovated lakeside home.

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The granite fireplace, separating the living room and kitchen, was enlarged with a bigger firebox and made doubled-sided.

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The original cottage floors of clear fir and elm were refinished.

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Painted with a lightly-distressed finish, the kitchen island was enlarged to hold an oven and lots of storage. The floating stairs were part of the original cottage design.

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Steel and leather barstools provide convenient seating at the kitchen island. Teal coloured glass tiles serve as the kitchen backsplash.

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White pine walls, trim and doors contrast with the natural finish of the wood floors.

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A rugged wooden cabinet is equipped with sliding barn-style doors.

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A treasured stained-glass window sits high above the Muskoka room where plenty of windows provide beautiful views of Lake Vernon in all seasons.

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Twigs frame the mirror in this ground-floor bathroom.

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Minerva, the senior cat of the household, patrols her hallway.

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High ceilings in each bedroom allow for rustic chandelier lighting.

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Boldly-striped indoor-outdoor carpeting and bright accents create a Muskoka motif in this bedroom furnished with a king-size bed and a single bed.

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Bedding, some in plaid and some printed with forest critters, lends country charm to this guest room where double-bed bunks can sleep eight.

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In the en suite, a soaker tub fits snugly under the sloped ceiling. The beach theme of the master continues into the en suite.

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A transparent, plastic vessel sink sits atop the en suite vanity. Pebble floors cover the shower floor and continue under the soaker tub.

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Charlie, the junior cat in the household, finds the master bedroom a calm, quiet spot for a nap on the back of an armchair.

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Radiating strips of chevron-patterned wood and a glossy white frame support the king-size bed in the master bedroom.

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Stacked rock sheaths a peaked wall in the stairwell to add texture and colour.

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Leather armchairs swivel around the live-edge conference table in the home office.

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Pebbles dot the floor of this glassed shower on the lower level.

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Sturdy steel and wood stools align with the stone-topped dining bar in the man cave.

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A grey sectional sofa and tables in reclaimed wood and steel furnish the man cave's TV viewing space.

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