Clas­sic cot­tage ar­chi­tec­ture and lov­ingly col­lected vin­tage and antique trea­sures com­bine to cre­ate this cozy invit­ing home.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY MAX TROJA

Lov­ingly col­lected antique and vin­tage trea­sures com­bine with clas­sic cot­tage ar­chi­tec­ture to cre­ate an invit­ing, wel­com­ing home.

it’s easy to give your­self per­mis­sion to take a break from the fre­netic bus­tle of city life. It’s the kind of place where you set­tle in for some authen­tic, com­fort­able, old-fash­ioned liv­ing. Tourists come for ac­tiv­i­ties on the shore of Lake Huron and the Bay­field River and take in the nat­u­ral land­scape. For home­owner Sharon Turner, cre­at­ing her home there was about em­brac­ing the rus­tic feel­ing of be­ing sur­rounded by nat­u­ral el­e­ments, and with one look at her coun­try chic in­te­rior, you know she’s suc­ceeded.


Sharon’s cozy home is a re­fresh­ing blend of cot­tage charm and vin­tage char­ac­ter. Shiplap walls through­out im­part that cabin-like co­zi­ness and high­light unique ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments like the ex­posed sal­vage wood beams and knotty pine walls that give her home its cus­tom look.

In­ter­est­ing wood tex­tures give each room a dy­namic and vi­brantly homey feel. Even in rooms where wood is not the prom­i­nent fea­ture, such as the laun­dry room, Sharon still man­ages to in­cor­po­rate it smoothly. Door­ways

In a vil­lage like Bay­field, a small his­toric

en­clave of Blue­wa­ter, On­tario,

are framed with a raw wooden base, and walls, though mostly cov­ered, have dark pan­el­ing vis­i­ble some places. Cab­i­nets and shelv­ing spaces have been painted and treated to fit the room bet­ter. Even though there’s a large amount of wood, you never truly feel over­whelmed, due to the range of ways she show­cases it. “The va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral woods and painted fur­ni­ture was pulled to­gether to cre­ate an eclec­tic feel­ing,” Sharon says.


While the warm wood tex­tures es­tab­lish the nest-like feel­ing in her home, Sharon’s color choices also are all about cre­at­ing a com­fort­able and cozy feel “The color scheme was se­lected to be warm, wel­com­ing and com­fort­ing,” Sharon says. “We also wanted a scheme that would not ap­pear trendy but would stand the test of time.”


ARTIS­TIC INSPIRATIONS. This lovely vi­gnette show­cases a bit of Sharon’s milk-glass col­lec­tion on a vin­tage shelf. The paint­ing not only cap­tures the idyl­lic area, but it also feels like a win­dow to the out­doors.

|ABOVE RIGHT| RO­MAN­TIC STYLE. The hand­some Shaker-style van­ity sink and col­lec­tion of rose-themed paint­ings make a strik­ing mar­riage.

|OP­PO­SITE| COUN­TRY COL­LECTIBLES. From the wagon-wheel-turned-wall-art to the vin­tage hutch and shut­ters, the din­ing room is a show­case for some of Sharon’s most eye-catch­ing and col­or­ful finds.

|ABOVE| SAY IT WITH VIN­TAGE. An old mo­tel sign and an old panel from a base­ball field turn an or­di­nary tran­si­tion space into an eye-catch­ing fo­cal point.


CHARM. The clas­sic Wind­sor chairs and vin­tage hutch give the din­ing room its Old World air. A pair of hefty wrought-iron chan­de­liers punc­tu­ate the room with a spe­cial feel.

|RIGHT| VI­GNETTE WITHIN A VI­GNETTE. The wall unit touts a fab­u­lous green patina, which adds in­ter­est and charm to this cor­ner of the kitchen.

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