SUM­MER

COT­TAGE, POOL, CAMP

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FRONT PAGE - WRIT­TEN BY JANE WHIT­ING PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MARK HOLLERON

“It had to be cheer­ful and up­lift­ing with hits of bright colour to off­set the white win­ter land­scape.” — MARY TAG­GART

It should come as no sur­prise that Mary Tag­gart’s new lake house re­flects her colourful per­son­al­ity. Yes, she is Ot­tawa At Home’s edi­tor-in-chief as well as an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor, so it’s twice as much fun to peek in­side Mary’s home on Big Rideau Lake to see her bright and breezy dé­cor.

SUNNY DE­SIGN STATE­MENTS

Re­plac­ing an older cot­tage that be­longed to her par­ents-in-law was a big deal for Mary and hus­band Chris, as it held many fond mem­o­ries of times past. But, she wanted a year-round home that the fam­ily could visit any­time — even for lunch!

Mary had a strong in­put into the struc­tural de­sign, in ad­di­tion to plan­ning the dé­cor, and worked hard to find the right bal­ance of con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments with a cot­tage vibe. With in­flu­ences from her sum­mer home in Maine, she has in­stilled a breezy Cape Cod style that flows through the tall win­dows of the two-storey home which sits right on the lake­front.

Yet, she also wanted to in­tro­duce some dif­fer­ent de­sign ideas to make the dé­cor ap­peal­ing for both hot, sunny days and cool, snowy vis­its.

“It had to be cheer­ful and up­lift­ing, with hits of bright colour to off­set the white win­ter land­scape and all­white in­te­rior walls,” says Mary who im­ple­mented some novel ideas to bring sum­mer in­side. “Ev­ery bed­room ceil­ing is painted in a bold colour – with one in a co­ral-tan­ger­ine that just bright­ens you up when you look at it.”

A vi­brant yel­low on the bath­room walls is very sunny and al­most calls out for sun­glasses. Mary even ad­mits that she was a bit ner­vous about paint­ing the kitchen cab­i­nets in the turquoise shade of Pool­side Blue by

Ben­jamin Moore, which is a favoured dec­o­rat­ing hue through­out the home.

“I just love that colour,” she says, and she cer­tainly does! There are turquoise touches in all the bed­rooms and bath­rooms, and trea­sured fam­ily fur­ni­ture – like the porch ta­ble and a lovely old cab­i­net – has been given new life by go­ing blue.

HINTS OF FUN To add tex­tu­ral bursts of colour, the an­tique din­ing chairs in the porch were re­uphol­stered in out­door, flo­ral fab­ric by Sun­brella. A redyed, vin­tage-style rug in pink from the Elte’s Sec­ond Life collection makes a strik­ing state­ment in the fam­ily room. It con­trasts well with the stone fire­place which was sal­vaged from the orig­i­nal cot­tage and re­built with a re­cy­cled wood beam for the man­tle.

Mary was care­ful to in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments from the past into the new home and also reused pine pan­elling from the cot­tage in their pri­vate porch off the mas­ter bed­room. In­ject­ing bold, un­ex­pected touches that make an im­pact is a dis­tinc­tive as­pect of her dec­o­rat­ing style, which she de­scribes as “wel­com­ing with hints of fun.”

This is clearly re­flected again in the kitchen, where Mary had a beer trough built into the is­land counter. Think of a long, nar­row sink filled with ice where you can park wine bot­tles and your beer be­tween sips. It’s such a cool idea that is all Mary – stylish with a twist (see cover).

COT­TAGE CON­TEM­PO­RARY

THIS PAGE: RE­CLAIMED WOOD FROM THE OT­TAWA RIVER COMES FROM LOGS END; STAIR RAIL­ING FROM OT­TAWA VAL­LEY HANDRAIL­ING. FAC­ING PAGE: PINK CAR­PET FROM THE SEC­OND LIFE COLLECTION AT ELTE, TORONTO; AN AN­TIQUE HUTCH FROM MARY’S IN-LAWS IS PAINTED IN BEN­JAMIN MOORE’S POOL­SIDE BLUE TO CO-OR­DI­NATE WITH THE KITCHEN CAB­I­NETS.

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