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Indian River Cottage Serenity in Port Carling

December 18, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Traditional and contemporary cottage styles mesh on the Indian River.

OUR HOMES Muskoka Fall 2018
A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.36. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory
 

With 105 feet of frontage on the Indian River in Port Carling, Carol Conlin envisioned a legacy cottage that she could invest in for her two daughters. It would blend iconic and traditional Muskoka cottage construction with some more contemporary ideas.
 
After sourcing suppliers, builders, artists and tradespeople, she chose a primarily local team, well experienced in translating that “Muskoka feel.”
 
First on board was builder Joshua Wassenaar, owner of From the Ground Up Construction, and they settled on a floor plan of 3,200 square feet. Carol incorporated more and larger windows to offer a near-panoramic view of the river and Mirror Lake, as well as a Muskoka room and ensured that four of the five bedrooms had their own full en suite.
 
On the exterior, Carol chose Benjamin Moores Overcoat, a medium grey, with white trim to accent the Cape Cod siding. The modern outdoor black aluminum and glass railing is very clean and simple, and seems to disappear from view, while serving its purpose. Indian River Trading Company provided outdoor furnishings.
 
Inside, “I wanted this cottage home to look ‘of its time,’ so some of the items I’ve chosen are timeless,” Carol explains. “The less expensive, contemporary items are easily changed by the girls, down the road. ” 
 
The Valor H6 Series fireplace from Fireplace King is propane for ease of use. To add Muskoka warmth to it, Carol specifically chose the grey-black Muskoka stone around the fireplace and large hearth.
 
In the kitchen, Brown’s Appliances furnished the stainless steel kitchen equipment. Knowles Plumbing supplied bathroom fixtures, vanities and countertops.
 
Other accessories, rugs and linens were discovered at Veranda in Bracebridge, Urban Rustic Living in Huntsville and Muskoka Living in Port Carling. 

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