Choices Will Last a Lifetime in Wasaga Beach


A couple retires in a stylish home that welcomes four generations together.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.108. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.
The new and endless horizon of Georgian Bay outside their back door has made the transition to retirement for this couple all the more more special. “We are lucky to get both the sunrise and the sunsets here,” says the new owner of this home. With a Toronto career winding down, the couple were ready to downsize from their Caledon farm property. Friends tipped them off that a three-level house – one of the first built in the Blue Water development in Wasaga Beach eight years ago – would soon be on the market. Within a week, the couple had sold their farm and became homeowners in Blue Water.
“Looking back now, I can’t believe we did all that in such a short time,” laughs the owner. “We worked with the Downsizing Diva to pack up our farm, and she introduced us to Sharon Allan in Collingwood who understood what we needed to do to be comfortable in our new home.”
“This home was such a fun project to design,” says Sharon, owner of Van Allan Design Centre.
“It is a beautiful location and the existing floorplan was already working. We just needed to update the finishes and finish the basement.”
The owners knew that they wanted a neutral base to start with, and they had a few key furniture pieces that came with them from their former home. “We had so much fun incorporating their collection of stunning art pieces,” says Sharon. The couple have a mix of classical paintings, contemporary canvases, Inuit art, watercolours, and some more whimsical farm animal figurines.
“We got to show off our beautiful America’s Cup sailboat replica on the mantel in the living room,” says the owner, “and there was a little alcove already existing in the foyer that is just perfect for our large porcelain ice cream cone sculpture.” One of the family’s heirloom paintings was reframed by Georgian Frame Gallery with a more contemporary style to hang in the home office.
The owners were impressed by the diligence and quality of Steve Whit’s work on the cabinetry in their kitchen (Wood by Whit) and other woodwork throughout the home. Cabinets were painted a subtle Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore, and the island and counters are topped in Caesarstone. Cabinet pulls and hardware contrast in hand-forged black iron.
In the living room, Sharon furnished the space with a pair of comfortable sofas. When a lamp that the owner liked was unavailable, Sharon had a bespoke solution, wiring a similar-looking sculpture to suit. Chantico Fireplace Gallery supplied the gas fireplace insert, while stone for the surround was supplied by Rob Vogel of Georgian Bay Outdoors. A conversation area with a pair of armchairs beside the newly installed west-facing window is a common spot for morning coffee. Flooring is from Dean’s Carpet One Floor & Home.
Outside, Shawn MacDonald Landscaping created a formal stone garden at the front of the home with a walkway leading to a deck and flagstone patio in the back. Overlooking the shoreline wetland is a fire pit where the couple can enjoy their waterfront views long after the sunset. With four generations of the family coming and going throughout the year, perhaps this phase of their lives isn’t so quiet after all.