My Love Letter to Ontario Cottage Country

Chris Taylor | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Living
Chris Taylor

There's just something special about Ontario cottage country, everything from the way the light streams through the pines and birches, to the call of the loons amplified across the water, to the unmistakable taste of fresh cobs of corn.

5 Ways to Be the Ultimate Cottage Host

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

One of the great joys of having a cottage is welcoming friends and family to come and visit. However many cottage guests are not regular cottagers and because every cottage is so different, it falls to the cottage host to take a few extra steps to ensure a wonderful visit is had by all.

This Man Built a Solar-powered Shipping Container Cabin

David Dodge | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
David Dodge

Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin, Jason Rioux's summer home built partly out of shipping containers near Bobcaygeon, Ont. is pretty cool. With its rustic décor and innovative off-grid approach this solar-powered getaway is an interesting take on shipping container architecture.

How We Created the Greatest Room

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Sad though it is that the end is near (this is the last room in Colin and Justin's 13-week cottage "special" -- back to traditional urban and suburban makeovers next week) there's no let up in lakeside drama just yet. Today the boys tackle their great room.

Creating a Kitchen to Dine For

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

As interior designers and all-around visionaries, we constantly strive to see things differently: we're obsessed by the way in which change can alter the quality of life in every domestic (or for that matter commercial) project we tackle. And in the kitchen -- the undisputed heart of most client homes -- quality of life is paramount.

Stormer Of A Dormer

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Extending doesn't always have to mean adding extra bedrooms. Today, Colin & Justin pimp up their cottage with an exciting shower room - built as a pr...

Turning Tricks in The Cottage Master Bedroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Why, pray tell, are many of the cottages we visit so much less like wilderness cabins (visually and ergonomically) and more like suburban bungalows? Consider our own formerly nervous wreck. Step indoors, and it might very well have occupied a street in any suburban sprawl.

Transforming a Cottage Rodent Infestation Into a Stunning Guest Bedroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

We're not gonna lie: our guest room, as we found it, was more like a petting zoo -- for unwanted critters -- than a potentially indulgent space for our friends to relax. Cue a weekend long clean up, gallons of bleach, miles of new drywall, acres of replacement plasterboard and a careful construction plan.

Building Our Cottage Snowroom...I Mean, Sunroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

OK -- we're gonna say this right here, right now. Canadians are obsessed with the weather. So imagine the ensuing delight when our allotted timetable to build a sunroom looked like it might somehow align with a period of bright, sunny early fall weather. But then Mother Nature timed her first SNOWFALL of the year to perfectly coincide with our reveal...

Maximize Space and Style in a Cramped Cottage Bathroom

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Consider, if you will, this bathroom: a veritable den of designer no no's. An ergonomic, stylistic and visual wash out, with little in its favour, it desperately needed to change. Petite? To the power of ten. Carpet? The devil's own harbinger of human excretions, toe nails and mouse poop. Are we painting a picture?

Our game of homes and Bunkies...

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Blimey! For the love of the holy paint chart: we've been run off our feet, of late. But that's good -- operating at full tilt is just how we like it. ...

Creating the Perfect Deck and Landscape

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

A really good deck doesn't stop at the luxuriant lumber from which it is constructed. To bring any deck (patio or terrace) alive it needs subsequent "layers." In precisely the same manner in which décor and accessories will alternate interior "beat," so too can visual and physical tricks make your exterior scheme look "considered."

Facelifting A Cottage

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Colin & Justin

Sometimes a spot of decorative Botox simply isn't enough. Cue a full facelift, and some grand scale reconstructive surgery, say cottage-style surgeons...

Colin and Justin Deal With Total Dock Shock

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Aware we'd chosen a cabin with more bad points than good, we hoped that somehow, just somehow, the dock we'd inherited as part of our chattels would be in better condition than it was. But no. It was rotten to the core.

Colin and Justin Take on a Slanty Shanty

Colin & Justin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Four months of extreme nail biting. The appraisal of several hundred pages of property details and appointments to view perhaps 45 cottages. Yup, the search for a new cabin was arduous. Just as we were about to throw in the towel, Rob emailed one last prospect: a 1980s A-frame. But it was clearly a bag of problems...

New Year, New Way of Thinking

Colin & Justin | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Our grand master plans don't always materialize. But should we call it failure? Not necessarily. We prefer to think that sometimes, just sometimes, we birth plans that are simply too ambitious in the available time frame.

This Fall, Make a Cottage Call

Colin & Justin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

Working, as we do, with a client inventory that spans suburban bungalows, condominiums, back splits and city centre semis, we've problem solved every decorative issue that bad taste can muster. Here's a quick roundup of pointers that should help make better of any small space, cottage inclined or not.

Cottage-Friendly Workout Tips

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?

Bling Up Your Cottage For Summer

Colin & Justin | Posted 08.10.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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!