Cottage

Bling Up Your Cottage For Summer

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

An integrated sound system, a glass staircase and long, lean Italian style seating -- if the season finale of Colin & Justin's Cabin Pressure is anything to go by, it looks like Canadian cottaging just got a shot in the arm of European style...

The Recipe For a Perfect Cottage Kitchen

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Hallelujah! We can finally reveal our cottage kitchen, whose transformation has been a veritable state secret these last few months. Truth is we wanted to avoid stealing our own thunder and opted, therefore, to throw a veil of secrecy across the mini miracle. Now we're revealing it in these virtual pages.

Making a Funky Bunkie For Our Favourite Cottage Guests

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Oftentimes, it's nice to afford (and be afforded) a little privacy when friends arrive. Sure, we're all for mix and mingle, but personal chill time is welcome too. So come one, come all (overseas pals and family are you reading?) safe in the knowledge we've fashioned, as your holiday haven, an annex to which you can escape when our laughter becomes too raucous or our music too loud.

How We Discovered Bleak Chic

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

A bomb shelter as inspiration for our cottage shower room reno? Well, actually, yes; the curious notion was birthed having espied a tin sign perched high above the entrance to a now defunct air raid space in New York. Exploring the city on business, we froze like pillars of salt when confronted by the ancient sign.

How to Get the Cottage Summer Ready

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Ahead of summer at the lake, we asked Penny to compose a "must-do" hit list to help us -- and you -- prepare for the coming months. Her no nonsense approach is compelling and her advice informative. Here's how to open your cottage for spring and summer.

Want to Live Longer? Move to a City

Jon Packer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

As warmer spring weather finally arrives, many of us long for the great outdoors with walks, bike rides and the Holy Grail -- cottage getaways. The notion is that if we could only spend more time out of the city, we'd be both happier and healthier. The reality though is somewhat different.

The Basement Bedroom Reinvented

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Boasting walloping great whiffs of mouse poop and fusty linen (the house had been run as a rental for years) we knew we'd have our work cut out to knock it in to shape. But nothing gets in the way of two Scotsmen on a mission of decorative beautification. D'you hear us? Nothing!

How We Went Into Dock Shock at the Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

We held our breath as our brand new wooden dock arrived across our glistening lake. When all pieces were in place, the installation team dived underwater to connect and anchor the whole shebang.

The Kitchen Staple You Can Use to Stain Your Furniture

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

If we whispered that Nescafe was our cottage 'wood stain' of choice, would you rush to put the kettle on? Confused? Well don't be. But coffee -- as wood stain? Bizarre as it sounds, it's not quite the unusual proposition you might initially think.

How To Take Your Cottage From Spartan to Spectacular

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Forget expensive silk and satin and search instead for polyester mix weaves with the look and feel of their posher cousins. We lined basic man-made pale gold fabric with bargain basement heavy gauge cotton to give a bulky interlined effect. Made up by our seamstress, with pinch pleating and black bobble edging to add punch, they belie their inexpensive roots.

The Ongoing Saga of the Log Cabin

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Colin and Justin reveal the ongoing saga of life at the lake, this week choosing to showcase the transformation of their log home's main bathroom...

How To Go Wild With Cottage Chic

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

While the bedroom transformation was successful and went (for the most part) without too many hitches, the same can't be said for the rest of the cottage transformation. Indeed as work progressed in other zones, project drama truly escalated. Little did we know what lay in store. Exacerbated by a tiny design budget -- and an even smaller team -- something had to give. Jeesh.

Gifts For The Cottage Owner

Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Travel

Every urbanite knows that the best friend to have in the summertime is someone who owns a cottage. And should you be lucky enough to be invited for a ...

I Live By My Packing List...Then My Computer Crashed

Rania Walker | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

I'm a list maker. In fact I love making lists. But as time and luck would have it my computer crashed two days before we left on vacation and I couldn't access any of my packing lists. Later when the absence of water shoes resulted in a clam shell injury to one of my daughters' feet, we realized that the first aid kit, newly loaded with all sorts of band-aids, ointments and first-aidy stuff, was left sitting on the kitchen counter.

A First Timer's Guide To Boating

Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Travel

So, let’s say your only experience with a boat has been watching Titanic a few too many times. That would be enough to scare you away from water cra...

How to Avoid a Victoria Day Tragedy

Dale Orlando | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada
Dale Orlando

While the Victoria Day weekend is one we all happily anticipate, for emergency room staff and too many Ontarians, it is also the beginning of trauma season; the time when getting to and from the cottage can be a killer due to drunk drivers on congested cottage country roads.

Coming to a Cottage Near You: Jellyfish

Cottage Life | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Living
Cottage Life

Would you ever expect to see a jellyfish gently pulsating its way through your cottage lake? Probably not, but apparently it's becoming more likely. Lucky for us, freshwater jellyfish do differ slightly from marine jellyfish. In case you spot something with a whorl of string-like tentacles floating around in your lake, it's important to know these jellyfish are not harmful to humans.

SavvyMom Roundup: Cougars (the Cat Kind) In Ontario

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Many people think that when summer rolls around, everything slows down, but not for me! Cougars in Muskoka, cottage gifts and summer memories. Even when I'm away on vacay, like I am this week, there is still so much that catches my attention. (Not to mention a few celebrity sightings!)

Five Easy Ways To Go Green At The Cottage

Krystyn Tully | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Style
Krystyn Tully

If you're lucky, you're reading this with your feet propped up on a deck chair at a cottage, enjoying the last days of summer. Heading to the cottage is an increasingly popular Canadian pastime. While most people buy or rent cottages for peace and tranquility, more people in cottage country means more air, water, noise and light pollution.

Sticky Situation: Hosting Weekend Guests

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I just got off the phone with my brother. He and his wife will be joining my fiancé and I at our newly purchased cottage on the lake. This will be our first time hosting big bro and his bride of three years. They usually host all family gatherings and are amazing at it! My sister-in-law is the Canadian Martha Stewart. I feel overwhelmed and stuck. Where do I start?

Hosting People At The Cottage This Weekend? Here Are 10 Tips To Help

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Style

As R. Kelly once said, "It's the freakin' weekend baby, I'm about to have me some fun." This statement holds true for all weekends, but long weekends ...

How to Be the Perfect Cottage Guest

Pat Stonehouse | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Living
Pat Stonehouse

Why do some people get invited back to the cottage year after year and others never make the list? Simply put, some people are just better cottage guests than others. While most guests are an absolute pleasure, there are some that are memorable for all the wrong reasons. If you are fortunate enough to be invited to a cottage this summer here are eight tips that could help put you on the top of the "invite back" list.

Nine Ways to Be a Good Cottage Guest

Cottage Life | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Living
Cottage Life

You might be worried about committing a faux pas and ending up on the host's blacklist. You also may be new to the wilderness, which can be an even bigger concern, for different reasons all together. Whether you're a good friend, an acquaintance or a tag-along, following some simple guidelines can ensure that everyone has a great time and that you get invited back.

5 Science Breakthroughs Against Cottage Enemies

Cottage Life | Posted 05.17.2012 | Canada Living

By: Jackie Davis Good news, cottagers: 2011 was packed with research and technology breakthroughs that may, one day, help in the battle against...

How To: Winter Cottage Renovations

StyleAtHome.com | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada Style

Do you harbour fantasies of retiring to your cottage permanently? Or do you wish you could get more use out of your weekends at the cottages, not just...