The Canadian cottage reinvented, Drake Devonshire, Prince Edward County, PEC

A staple activity of the Canadian lifestyle, the escape to the cottage sets the weekend entertainment tone of many Toronto families. ‘Modest’ and ‘cozy’ are the typical characteristics associated with the architecture, the interior, and the immediately surrounding landscape. Here family and friends gather to spend quality time together, share meals, stories, and oftentimes, a dip…

Healthy eating and good cottage appetite

In order to have a healthy appetite and develop proper eating habits, stress is the number one enemy and relaxation is your best friend. And what better way to quickly relax, truly relax, than get yourself out there in the country-side and enjoy country-everything with its greens and soft sounds, the birds, the water and all those basic little pleasures that make for instant nature-therapy. While nature plays its part, architecture and design have an equally big role that is crucial in achieving a relaxing state. A break from the stress, a true break that has positive effects does not need to be long, but it does need to be effective. And that takes just the right design, the right people, or sometimes lack of, the right meal and the right sunset.

The comeback of Bold Wallpaper

The days of outdated and difficult to deal with wallpaper are long gone. Now an industry favorite, wallpaper made a significant comeback in the past few years and the 2018 predictions show that it’s here to stay. Big, bold colorful prints are fun and make the space special. This lovely Farrow and Ball print is…

Cottage on the lake, moving ahead

Cottages now, all about a comfortable enjoyment of exquisite landscape, friends and family, bathing and playing Moving towards completion, this particular pavilion is a bold play of colour, fossilized limestone, fabulous antler chandeliers, old country wood counters walk-in fresh showers laundry rooms not left for last and creative lighting

Getting ready for summer cottage

I love site visits to cottages in the winter. Not many lake cottages are populated once the snow settles in and the lake freezes in molecular patterns.   Mornings are softer here, the quietness of nature calming and making the coldest morning a warmer embrace. We’re getting through the rough-in stage when your brain makes…

The power of White, Colour of the Year 2016

My favourite: White. There is no colour like it. It can equally successfully be: modern minimalist sophisticated organic opulent urban see-side fresh pure and friendly-institutional

2 – Island Kitchens

Some kitchens are too big, some too small, some just so. Some have islands some don’t, but not often one finds the opportunity to build a two-island kitchen. If you ever had one, you know that it is a pleasure to work and entertain in one. Plenty of room to set up, plenty of room to…

Is your cottage kitchen ready for a breakfast crowd

Looking forward to cottage season one needs to plan not only the meat for the supper barbecue but the eggs and bacon for the breakfast cooking. It is interesting to see how we streamlined the dinners and complicated the breakfast. From a cooking point of view, barbecue dinner has it’s benefits. You can split the prep tasks by…

Paderno for your Kitchen

Not just a pot, well, I agree. They are Super Pots! Made in our PEI since 1979, The Paderno Pots: are gorgeous and feel just right, not too light, not too heavy. they cook and do not stick.. unless you make a total mess and then, Here is how well they clean