This Renovation Scores a Home-and-Cottage-in-One


A blue and white beauty on Lake Rosalind is renovated into a designer's dream.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.32. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
Hanover resident Conny Detzler wanted it all – rural living, an escape to the beach and a look of luxe – and she proved it possible when she purchased a home on Lake Rosalind two years ago. She is now not only a short distance from her Hanover business House Rules Design Shop, but just steps from dipping her toes in the lake.
With her business partner and designer Heather Smillie and the team at House Rules, Detzler transformed her 1990s one-storey home into a space that is both coastal and contemporary in design with complements of blue throughout the home.
Light bounces off walls painted Silent Smoke by PPG. An eye-catching wallcovering in blue hangs in the front foyer on the way to the well-appointed kitchen. The open-concept space draws your attention through large windows at the back of the home to the small inland lake. 
Detzler isn’t the only one in her family with an eye for design. Her nephew, Mike Smith of Beachwood Cabinetry, installed the kitchen in vivid white to complement the gorgeous quartz counters with veins of whites and subtle grey. A wet bar adjacent to the kitchen reflects the same cabinetry and is home to lakeside essentials – an espresso maker, built-in wine rack and concealed bar fridge.
Detzler bought new furnishings at House Rules Design Shop, Smitty’s Fine FurnitureSchreiter’s Home FurnishingsSchuett Furniture & Appliances and West Bros Furniture). She kept a few sentimental pieces, including the refinished bench in the foyer.
The only change from the original layout of the home was to swap the former living room and guest room for the principal bedroom and an en suite with a panoramic viewSliding doors access a balcony, which shares the same view as her bedroom. Detzler incorporated the existing gas fireplace in the new principal bedroom by painting out its brick in warm white, adding a built-in desk and accentuating the home’s theme by opting for a blue accent wall behind her bed.
The walkout basement is a breath of fresh air with fabulous views out over the dock and impressive landscaping (Ground Effects Landscapes). Whether catching the morning sun from the Muskoka chairs outside (Topnotch Furniture) or gazing at the night sky with an uninterrupted view from the hot tub (Water & Wellness) it’s no wonder company doesn’t want to leave.