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Cottage Ambiance

Finally, the sweetness of summertime is upon us. There is nothing quite like the warmth of the sun on your face, and the sights, smells and sounds of nature in Canada. With the opulence of four beautiful seasons, we have learned how to make the most out of all aspects of the hottest one, and the places in which we choose to spend our time are no exception.

Although an escape to a lake is lovely, a transformation of your city home can easily serve as the ultimate everyday oasis. Dreaming of creating your own unique haven? Read on for some inspiration, tips and tricks.

Cottage Feel, City Convenience 

With the goal of creating a relaxing sanctuary at home, there are many ways to bring that lustrous lakeside feel to the heart of the city. Creating a list of what you love about a cottage getaway and also the conveniences you appreciate about being in the city will help you formulate a plan to recreate the sense of being on vacation…but, with all the conveniences of home.

Keep It Organized!

As we are all eager to make the most out of summertime, it is inevitably one of the busiest times of the year. Keeping your home organized inside plays a crucial role in maximizing your time to spend outside, enjoying life! A mudroom at the entrance to your house provides the perfect “drop zone” for bags, sunscreen, pool toys, soccer balls and hiking shoes.

A Little Extra Space To Work With? 

What better way to create extra summer excitement (year after year) than with an area that is reserved for use only during the warmer months. With a well thought out design, you don’t need a lot of space to make a big impact! A charming summer kitchen is the perfect addition to provide you with everything you need for poolside hangs, BBQ dinners and movie nights projected under the stars. 

That Fresh Feel, All Year Long 

Layering in a variety of airy fabrics and textures will provide a fresh, organic feel to your home. A palette of neutrals with fun pops of colour, and natural elements such as wood, metal or stone accents collectively piece together to make a space feel homey. Opt for woven window blinds, and linen drapery for timeless accents and play off the natural light available to you with light reflecting tiles and paint. Fresh sprigs of greenery in porcelain or glass vases and indoor trees in baskets allow you to bring the freshness of outdoors in, regardless of the season.

Birchview Design Inc. is an award-winning interior design team serving clientele in the Kawartha Lakes, GTA, and beyond. As a full service studio, the firm offers an all-inclusive, simplified experience with elevated design expertise.