Cot­tage Style

vin­tage, coastal & nat­u­ral dé­cor in­spi­ra­tions

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FRONT PAGE - WRIT­TEN BY MARY TAG­GART PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Cit­rus colours and vin­tage in­spi­ra­tion come to­gether in a clas­sic cot­tage on the Big Rideau. A ham­mock in the trees, a bunkhouse and a screened-in porch sur­round the frame­work of the Cross fam­ily gath­er­ing place. It sleeps as many as seventeen on a week­end when the lake seems to call the en­tire fam­ily as meals are shared, games are played, books are read and happy hour starts early! The liv­ing is easy – but stylish too.

The cot­tage dé­cor has a rus­tic feel that taste­fully em­braces vin­tage charm. Fab­rics in flo­rals, plaids and stripes mix with bright coloured solids to cre­ate a fresh look. When asked for one tip that Jennifer Cross can of­fer to achieve the same look, she half jokes: “Gal­lons and gal­lons of white paint.”

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