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Calling all Cottagers!

Calling all Cottagers!

MAY |… The latter half of May represents the beginning of warm sunny vacation days in many parts of the world.  Any symbol that speaks of festivities can be associated with the month of May.

There are plenty of reasons to love May. It’s the start of summer, flowers are blooming and all the wonders of nature comes alive.   It is also a time we long for, where we can finally begin to entertain outdoors again.  May “24” is known in Canada as the infamous long weekend where those who have cottages open their doors once again.   

For some cottage owners, their “home away from home” has been in the family for many generations.  Just like any home, updating its exterior or interior space allows for re-birth, a fresh outlook for many weekends filled with wonderful new memories.

But what if your taste in interiors are slightly more modern then the original design? You may be craving something a little more on trend while wanting to retain the rustic simplicity of cottage charm.  Often the rooms that need a re-fresh or update is the kitchen, bathroom or main living area.

When approaching change, consider picking a colour palette of elegant creams and neutrals that are equal in country style yet a touch of modern elements.

Stick with natural finishes that look best in a rustic setting but offer a contemporary twist. In the kitchen or bathrooms, try combining woods with tiles that lean towards current trends – perhaps a backsplash with a pattern in an edgy urban grey or a simple white octagon tile on the bathroom floor providing dimension.

And while opting for warm, rich shelving, flooring or countertops, pair them with clean line hardware, finishing’s or fixtures such as a matt black.

Introduce light fixtures that bring contrast and interest to a traditional country backdrop such as a simple yet modern design with a distressed metal finish. 

Paint colour is key.  One way to brighten any cottage throughout is to keep it bright with a white or off-white wall while pairing it with the natural elements in decor.  By keeping it simple it will allow for the outdoors to be highlighted and continue to keep you connected to earth.

If you need assistance with creating that amazing NEW home away from home, call House Coach today.


“Emerald” is May’s birthstone which was one of Cleopatra’s favorite gems. It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emeralds signify wisdom, growth, and patience.  When looking to spruce up your cottage and continue the outdoors in, consider adding elements of green into your décor such as greenery, pillows or artwork.

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