OVER THE RIVER
Classic cottage architecture and lovingly collected vintage and antique treasures combine to create this cozy inviting home.
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.
CABIN IN THE WOODS
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.