“A home should add to a family’s sense of well-being.”
of the wooden ceilings, open-concept layout and big windows. “A home should add to a family’s sense of well-being, and surrounded by all this acreage, I knew this one would do exactly that.”
To celebrate the 2,000-square-foot house’s country setting, Jennifer opted for natural materials, such as woods and metals, and a subdued organic palette of greens, browns and greys to blend with the outdoors. “I wanted this to be a place where the three of us could reconnect and where we could play board games, sit by the fire and hang out with friends on the deck,” she says. To that end, every part of the house was designed for togetherness. The main living space is one open room; the master bedroom leads out onto the communal deck; and lots of outdoor seating makes it easy for friends and family to join in on the fun.
Combining vintage elements with modern furnishings is one of Jennifer’s hallmarks. As a result, the home manages to be appealingly uncluttered, but has a lot of heart, too. Antiques appear in unexpected places, such as in the living room, where a coffee table that suggests Asian antiquity occupies the space between a Mid-Century Modern-style leather sofa and a woven settee. “Theoretically, the table shouldn’t match,” says Jennifer. “But its lines are perfect.” In fact, this was something she noticed the moment she laid eyes on the piece. “I saw this guy pulling it out of the back of a van, and I hopped out of the car, ran over to him and said, ‘Hey, will you sell that to me?’” she says with a laugh.
Industrial elements and small hits of black play important roles in the home’s look, as well. “You don’t need a lot,” says Jennifer. “But small dark touches in every room provide a texture and grounding.” This is echoed in the home’s black exterior, too. Linear and slim, the modern cottage makes an architectural statement in the daytime. But at night, it assumes an enchanting tone. String lights swing in the night air. The scents of summertime blow in through the open windows. And laughter filters up toward the starlight.
MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN PITA BURGERS
RIGHT An open shelf holding woven baskets and folded towels sets the tone for a laid-back bathroom. Towels tuck neatly into baskets, and the kilim rug underfoot feels “faraway casual,” says Jennifer. Brass fixtures add warmth and style, while swiveling sconces ensure the lighting is always perfect. Custom VANITY, Structural Anomaly; FAUCETS, Taps Bath Centre; SCONCES, CB2; MIRRORS, IKEA; BASKETS, HomeSense.
A super comfy armchair has midcentury appeal and is cozy for reading and unwinding. Whitewashed wood plank walls provide interest in lieu of a headboard in the master bedroom. RIGHT & OPPOSITE Unpacking and unwinding is a cinch for visitors in this comfy guest room. Easy-to-reach wall hooks and baskets provide storage; a modern mirror hangs over a live-edge table; and an antique velvet-seated chair looks fun next to the colourful kilim rug. BED FRAME, IKEA; NIGHTSTAND, MIRROR, BASKETS, HomeSense; RUG, eCarpetGallery.