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Do you know what a bunkie is?

Do you know what a bunkie is?

It seems that the term “bunkie” is more widely used in Eastern Canada rather than out here west of the Rockies.  Essentially, it is a bunk house used for overflow sleeping at the cottage or cabin.  Historically, it was used to house working cowboys on…

Coastal Autumn Decor

Coastal Autumn Decor

Autumn is my very favourite time of year.  Warm days, cool nights, sweaters, pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin patches…. do you sense a theme?  And then the coast is my very favourite place to be so combining them together results in me being I’m in a…

How to make a burlap TV cord cover in a snap

How to make a burlap TV cord cover in a snap

With our clean white shiplap walls, I hated the various electrical cords hanging down from our wall mounted TV at the cottage.  Pottery Barn has a great burlap cord cover listed for $34 on their website but I am five hours away from the closest…

Designing for short term rental

Designing for short term rental

The cost of owning a vacation home is significant.  Property taxes, utilities, insurance and maintenance all add up to a hefty price tag.  While we love our vacation home, we can’t use it all the time so thought we could cover some of the costs…

Installing a new septic system at the cottage

Installing a new septic system at the cottage

We bought “the cabbage” three summers ago.  Like all diligent home purchasers, we had the septic inspected.  But in hindsight, it was actually the sellers who paid for the inspection and the small repair that needed to be done so we never did receive a…

Four elements of curating a coastal style

Four elements of curating a coastal style

It seems that every retailer and magazine is on the “coastal look” bandwagon.  From Serena and Lily, to Pottery Barn, to Crate and Barrel, they are all featuring a coastal vibe.  Of course, it is that time of year but it truly is a year…

Choosing colours is not as simple as it seems

Choosing colours is not as simple as it seems

Have you ever picked a paint colour to find that it didn’t turn out to be anything like you expected, once it was on your walls?  There is quite a nuanced art to picking colour and many factors come into play… Your personality Is your…

What to expect when working with me on a full renovation

What to expect when working with me on a full renovation

If you thought interior design was just about picking paint colours and fabrics, think again.  Here I walk through what you can expect during a full renovation. Stage one: preliminary concept development Discovery Brief: summarize my understanding of your needs and goals for your review…

8 Beachy painted furniture makeovers

8 Beachy painted furniture makeovers

There’s an expression in my house: you better not sit still too long in one spot or you’ll get painted.  We only plan to be in the “Beach Chalet” for one to two years so we didn’t want to invest money in new furniture but…

How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

How to craft an Oyster Shell Garland

The inspiration I first saw the idea for this craft project in a store and (being cheap) thought that I could easily make it.  As it turns out, I was right!  As it was such a simple project, I’m sharing how to craft an oyster…

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel – Before and After

Contemporary Kitchen Remodel – Before and After

The kitchen was dark, north facing and cramped. The layout was choppy and non-functional. For this family who love to entertain, it wasn’t cutting the mustard.  They brought me in to help them realize their vision of a bright, sleek and highly organized contemporary kitchen.…

Forget the winter blues and go for winter whites

Forget the winter blues and go for winter whites

How to decorate post Christmas I love to decorate for every season.  It started off when my children were young as they got so much enjoyment from it.  But now I do it for myself with the sophistication level stepping up more than a notch.…

How to create a coastal inspired wreath

How to create a coastal inspired wreath

For years and years, I’ve been hosting wreath making workshops for friends.  It’s allowed me to hone my wreath making skills as I’ve taught countless others to make theirs.  I’m now also hosting workshops at the local garden centre.  Taking it one step further, I…

DIY Glass Fishing Floats

DIY Glass Fishing Floats

The driveway to our beach house is hard to spot in the pitch black darkness of the night.  And sometimes even in daylight!  I have ugly markers with red reflectors that I bought at the local hardware store.  The markers do the job but I…

Transforming a dark log cabin into “the beach chalet”

Transforming a dark log cabin into “the beach chalet”

I NEVER wanted a log house.  Ever.  I find them too dark.  But when the ideal property at the right price turned up during our search for a beach home, we snapped it up.  After all, the old adage of buying the crappiest house on…

Painting a fireplace

Painting a fireplace

We are so lucky and fortunate to have two homes.  One is a vacation lakefront cottage I have previously posted about and one is a dark and dreary log “chalet” on the ocean.  We hope one day to remove the log home, repurpose it somewhere…

How to avoid our mistakes opening the cottage

How to avoid our mistakes opening the cottage

I remember the first time that we opened up our cottage as newbies.  We were so excited to arrive for the May Long Weekend and check out the property in the spring.  Would there be wild flowers?  How about fawns and other little baby wildlife?…

Getting Hygge at the cottage

Getting Hygge at the cottage

Pronounced “hoo-guh”, there is no direct English translation for the Danish word hygge but cozy comes close. The concept is about finding contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.  The word may have its origins in the 1560’s word “hugge” which is…

Christmas Gift Guide for the Cottager

Christmas Gift Guide for the Cottager

Want to ensure that you keep getting invited back to the cottage?  Here are some gift suggestions for that special cottage owner in your life. 1.  Game Camera This is the one that we have.  I don’t know if it’s the best but it does…

Winter cottage activities

Winter cottage activities

It’s still autumn here on the coast and the trees are hanging on to the last of their leaves.  We actually had snow last week, but it didn’t stick.  I can’t ever remember a time where snow has fallen this early in the year.  The…