Three Generations Enjoy Comfy Lake Eugenia Cottage


A waterfront getaway with cathedral ceilings is rustic, warm, and oozes comfort.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.84. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
No matter the season, the Macdonald family gathers regularly at their idyllic waterfront cottage on Lake Eugenia. The new build went up recently on a slice of paradise purchased more than 30 years ago by Phil Macdonald’s father and mother Charlie and Peggy. Located just a short drive from their hometown of Meaford, the summer retreat is also close to the family business – Leon’s, with locations in Collingwood, Owen Sound and Orillia.
Phil and his wife Marcia Macdonald knew they would fill their home with items from Leon's – furnishings, accessories, appliances and electronics. “We wanted a year-round, multigenerational space with a layout that allowed for three generations to live together while also having quiet areas,” says Marcia.
They turned to independent stylist Ellen Oelbaum to bring it all together. Ellen says she takes inspiration from fashion and social media and focuses on texture, mixing old and new, all while creating flow. 
For flooring on the 2,200 sq. ft. main floor, they selected a wood grain, luxury vinyl plank flooring for the main floor of the house from Georgian Design CentreThe large main area looks out onto the sparkling shores of the lake and includes the rustically-furnished great room, kitchen and dining area. Natural Stonescapes completed the landscaping. A state-of-the-art curved smart Samsung TV is mounted on the natural stone fireplace surround (Shouldice Designer Stone), which stretches from the floor to the peak of the cathedral ceilings. Marcia chose Ballerina White paint from Benjamin Moore for the large, open area.
A sunroom (Centre Grey Building Supplies) is adjacent to the primary entertaining space, and it can easily function as a private, quiet area by simply closing the doors. The neutral tones don’t distract from the panoramic views of the lake, which can be taken in through the large windows from Van Dolder’s Custom Exteriors. The Macdonalds worked with Exquisite Wood Designs Inc. to create a serene look in the kitchen with white cabinets and Caesarstone quartz countertops. Charcoal cabinets on the island add a dramatic flare to the space and industrial-style tractor seat stools create more seating for a large crowd.
The couple’s favourite feature of the home is the large, covered deck, which allows them to enjoy all 75 feet of waterfront. “I love sitting on the covered deck with the fireplace going and just enjoying the lake,” says Marcia.