LIT FROM WITHIN

Take in­spi­ra­tion from this beau­ti­ful cedar cot­tage to cre­ate a vibe that’s both rus­tic and re­fined.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY MEGHAN SAL­GADO

Learn from this stun­ning cedar cot­tage how to cre­ate a vibe that’s both rus­tic and re­fined.

MID­CEN­TURY MOD­I­FIED. Mid­cen­tury mod­ern fur­ni­ture in a log cabin was quite an un­ex­pected de­sign choice. Tri­cia cre­ates har­mony with painted floors that com­ple­ment both the walls and the fur­ni­ture. The lovely lit­tle bou­quets also play up the nat­u­ral el­e­ments of the room.

“When we first looked at this house, it was su­per dark. It had

a lot of heavy drapes on the win­dows and some cov­ered the open spa­ces.”

Tri­cia says, “My goal was to make the rooms as bright as pos­si­ble.”

With a back­ground in

an­tiques and de­sign, Tri­cia has cre­ated

a beau­ti­fully cu­rated home

that is both chic and com­fort­able.

When look­ing for some peace and quiet, some­times you have to go off the beaten path. “We had been look­ing for a home in the coun­try for years, and my hus­band, Mark, was al­ways tak­ing dif­fer­ent back roads, look­ing for the right prop­erty,” says home­owner Tri­cia McMaster. When Tri­cia and Mark found this stun­ning cedar home, they fell in love. With a back­ground in an­tiques and de­sign, Tri­cia has cre­ated a beau­ti­fully cu­rated home that is both chic and com­fort­able.

RE­VERSE YOUR STEPS

Tri­cia, a jew­elry de­signer, has a de­sign phi­los­o­phy that works for all as­pects of her life. “I wait, see what I come across. Then I’ll work back­wards and de­sign around it,” she says. Work­ing with vin­tage and sourced ma­te­rial means one-of-a kind de­sign. Her beau­ti­ful din­ing space is the re­sult of that think­ing.

“We came across this awe­some 12-foot-long, sin­gle-plank ta­ble and pulled chairs to work around that. Luck­ily the room is long and nar­row, so it fit! ”Tri­cia says. She chose chairs in shapes that would add some

ele­gance to the rus­tic feel of the room and ta­ble. Don’t let an item’s orig­i­nal color limit you when it comes to shop­ping for an­tiques. In this room, Tri­cia used white paint on the chairs to bring the dif­fer­ent styles to­gether.

BRIGHT AND WHITE

The lit­tle log cabin sit­u­ated in the coun­try­side of On­tario wasn’t al­ways this light and airy. “When we first looked at this house it was su­per dark. It had a lot of heavy drapes on the win­dows and some cov­ered the open spa­ces.” Tri­cia says “My goal was to make the rooms as bright as pos­si­ble.”

While peo­ple of­ten use a dif­fer­ent color on the walls to make that change, Tri­cia had to look else­where due to the struc­ture of the home. She says, “We loved the boards of the log walls, and in­side they just needed a good clean­ing.” In­stead, Tri­cia used white on ma­jor fur­ni­ture through­out the rooms. De­spite how dif­fer­ent they are from her usual style, the low-back white leather so­fas were the per­fect choice when she wanted to make the home a lit­tle brighter. “This phi­los­o­phy of bright­ness lends its touch to the mod­ern fur­ni­ture we chose,” she says. Although it’s dif­fer­ent from her more an­tique look, Tri­cia blends in the mod­ern shapes with rel­e­vant ac­ces­sories. Linen pil­lows, a wo­ven throw and some wooden pieces add back the cabin feel to the more pol­ished room. Small doses of a cen­tral mo­tif in any room can go a long way in mak­ing your home feel co­he­sive.

Tri­cia also fo­cused on bring­ing in more nat­u­ral light. “We had to re­place all the win­dows in the home. We def­i­nitely kept the win­dows as large as pos­si­ble, and in some places we went even larger,” she says. Bright­en­ing up the space with painted white floors was an­other cost-ef­fec­tive way to lighten up the deep col­ors of the log cabin.

SIM­PLE AD­DI­TION. All of the home’s new ex­ten­sion is lack­ing the sig­na­ture log walls. How­ever, the gor­geous wood beams and a con­tin­u­a­tion of the floor­ing make it seem as if this read­ing nook was there all along.

GATHER ROUND. Mis­matched an­tique chairs and a ta­ble run­ner made from fab­ric sourced in Paris per­fectly show­case Tri­cia’s eclec­tic style. The plush seat­ing and crys­tal chan­de­lier dress up the raw look of her sin­gle-plank ta­ble.

SOAK IT UP

The gor­geous mas­ter bath­room shows off Tri­cia’s eye for de­sign as well as her pas­sion for an­tiquing. “Both the mas­ter bed­room and bath were ad­di­tions to the home by pre­vi­ous own­ers. We in­stalled the tin ceil­ing and put in the wooden beam to make the spa­ces work with the rest of home,” she says.

She stuck to the coun­try feel of the house with the struc­ture of the room and then added in­ter­est with the an­tique fur­ni­ture. “The tub was a very thought­ful birth­day gift from my hus­band,” she says. “We found it at a sal­vage yard and left the out­side just as found. We just had the in­side re-enam­eled. The van­ity used to be a side­board, and my hus­band in­stalled the sink

The guest bed­room is a great place to try some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent from your usual style, mak­ing vis­i­tors feel

as if they are in their own space. COZY IN COLOR. The tex­tured Kan­tha quilt on the bed makes guests feel right at home. It matches the col­lected feel of the rest of home in an in­for­mal man­ner.

and counter to con­vert it.” Leav­ing a more worn and authentic look on up­scale items helped the so­phis­ti­cated shapes of the fur­ni­ture blend with the rest of the home.

THROUGH THE WIN­DOW

The lit­tle birds perched in her bath­room, bed­room and even on her man­tel are a fun ad­di­tion to Tri­cia’s home. “I didn’t re­al­ize how much I liked birds un­til I no­ticed how much I use them!” she says. Tri­cia cred­its this to the en­vi­ron­ment right out­side. She says, “I like to mir­ror the na­ture we see out­side ev­ery­day. It’s nice to bring greens into the home, play up the tim­ber struc­ture, and birds seemed a per­fect ad­di­tion.”

Beau­ti­ful views of the outdoors have in­spired other rooms in Tri­cia’s home as well. In the guest bed­room she says, “Guests have two views of prop­erty in this room, so we like to bring in a few of the col­ors. I have been grav­i­tat­ing to­ward green and yel­low, just like in the kitchen. The walls have been sten­ciled with just a lit­tle bit of cherry tree branches.”

In this room, Tri­cia di­verts from her more neu­tral pref­er­ences to cre­ate the most wel­com­ing room for friends and fam­ily. She added her own per­sonal touch to this room with a la­bor of love. “I sewed the bed skirts and cur­tains my­self from sourced fabrics,” she says.

The guest bed­room is a great place to try some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent from your usual style, mak­ing vis­i­tors feel as if they are in their own space. Like Tri­cia, try a dif­fer­ent color pal­ette from the rest of your home, while still de­sign­ing to your sur­round­ings.

CLAW-FOOT CHAR­AC­TER. This vin­tage tub was left as found on the out­side but re-enam­eled on the in­side. The re­sult is a stun­ning snap­shot of his­tory that is still func­tional in use.

“I wait and see what I come across. Then I’ll work back­wards

and de­sign around it.”

|OP­PO­SITE| HEART OF THE

HOME. With its beau­ti­ful vaulted ceil­ing and the stun­ning brick fire­place, the ar­chi­tec­ture of this room de­mands sim­pler dé­cor. Tri­cia de­liv­ers with a neu­tral color pal­ette in sim­ple shapes. The linen and

wo­ven tex­tures of the room help this gath­er­ing space feel

com­fort­able and cozy.

|RIGHT| TAKE A SEAT. The

striped blue run­ner and per­fectly placed bench cre­ate a warm and invit­ing feel­ing from the mo­ment guests

en­ter the home.

|ABOVE LEFT| DOWN TO THE DE­TAILS. Tri­cia ac­cents with green pops of color in the ap­ples and plants that match the lovely for­est outdoors.

|ABOVE RIGHT| COUN­TRY KITCHEN. These vin­tage kitchen tools have been handed down from Tri­cia’s grand­mother. The soft green paint and worn look goes per­fectly with her rus­tic kitchen.

|BOT­TOM| LAND­ING ZONE. These three lit­tle friends can be found perched on the man­tel of the beau­ti­ful fire­place.

WASH UP. The bay win­dow above the sink makes the kitchen feel light and airy. Unem­bel­lished touches, like the tin cake plate and bucket and wooden serv­ing pieces, help the mod­ern coun­ter­tops and cab­i­nets blend in with the rest of the home.

|ABOVE RIGHT| ALL IN PLACE. The an­tique fed­eral-style ar­moire is the per­fect stor­age so­lu­tion to play up the char­ac­ter of the other bath­room fur­ni­ture. It’s a great place to store ex­tra tow­els or bath sup­plies.

|ABOVE LEFT| MIR­ROR, MIR­ROR. Side­board turned sink, this van­ity was fully trans­formed by Tri­cia’s hus­band, Mark, into the pur­pose­ful piece it is to­day. Beau­ti­ful twin light­ing fix­tures com­ple­ment the shape and color of the counter.

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