Cottage hodge-podge 2

August 18th, 2010

We’re slowing down any work to the cottage for the rest of the summer. Last year we worked all summer, and even this year we’ve done quite a bit to get the cottage a little more live able for our guests. It was getting a bit silly having the mattresses on the ground so we got some IKEA box springs with oak legs to bring them off the floor.

We installed some Muuto oak dots on the wall to hang clothes and towels.

We replaced the old ugly and broken sconces with AJ wall lights. It made a ridiculous difference and added a bit more modernism to the cottage.

We finally found a place to put our 50s yacht photograph (very George Nelson’s office in the 50s) and hung our MayDay light by Konstantin Grcic.

One of best things we found this summer was this beautiful sideboard by Peter Hvidt & Orla M.Nielsen. It’s one of the only cabinets I’ve seen to be made out of solid teak, and will hold all of our dishes and any other miscellaneous things we have that are filling our kitchen cabinets. The legs and tambour sliding doors are really unique, I still can’t believe it’s sitting in our cottage it looks fantastic.

The big apple print is by Italian mid century designer Enzo Mari.

We got the sideboard at the Queen West Antique Centre, which is where we got a lot of the vintage cottage pieces.

Still enjoying the cedar slats. We thought we were going to get a cloudy rainy day but it turned out gorgeous. Lounging, swimming and mass magazine reading.

Juli: I have been wearing the same bikinis since I was in my early 20s. Something had to give, they really are too small. SO, I finally headed over to Sandpiper’s in Yorkville as it’s the only bathing suit store I know of in the city (Bikini Village does not count for even one moment). I fell in love with two retro style suits, one full, one bikini and all I wanted to do was sit around in it all day. Love it. Feels so much better than squeezing into a teeny tiny itty bitty two-piece.

Medium rare steak served over a bed of arugula and Parmesan, drizzled with olive oil.

We were in a pocket of stars and sky while all around us raged thunderstorm war.

In the morning I was cooking bacon with tin foil on the barbecue for breakfast (yes it works and it’s not messy) and our old screen door didn’t close all the way when I went inside to grab my barbecue tongs. I came outside to find Isha trotting around cottage grounds with her feet walking on sandy soil and head moving everywhere trying to take in this big outside world. Luckily when I came to approach her she didn’t take off. I scooped her up and sat down on a chair and let her have a stare fest with the world until she got a bit squirmy, then I brought her inside.

She had a big day, and slept the whole car ride home.

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  1. That steak looks delicious! Nice job. Love that 50s yacht photograph too.

    Man on a budget

    18 Aug 10 at 11:41 am

  2. Just ALL so wonderful and Summery…the cottage looks so fresh and almost Scandinavian…loving the Sideboard too.
    I hope you’ll pass by our blog as we have a GIVEAWAY for 8 Limited Edition Prints!
    Have a great week.


    18 Aug 10 at 11:42 am

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the guest room; word on the BBQ bacon, it really is the only way.


    18 Aug 10 at 11:56 am

  4. Siiiiiighhhhhh. So much to love here. Every last bit, really.

    Anna @ D16

    18 Aug 10 at 12:31 pm

  5. Sigh. It’s all so lovely. What I wouldn’t give right now to have a summer retreat.

    Those AJ sconces and the crux blanket are my dream pieces. I just saw the most beautiful Hvidt sofa and was dying to pick it up. No room left though.

    Congrats you guys, it looks incredible.

    the brick house

    18 Aug 10 at 12:39 pm

  6. Love the guest room.
    Love the bathing suit.
    Love love love.

  7. Love the blog, very inspiring to see you guys progress at the cabin. Typo in Konstantin Grcic’s name.


    19 Aug 10 at 12:57 am

  8. Good eye Tyler! Just changed it now.

    John & Juli

    19 Aug 10 at 8:54 am

  9. Just wonderful. I am so longing for a little summer cabin! By the way, if you ever get tired of Isha, send her my way…she’s SUCH a cutie.


    19 Aug 10 at 9:05 am

  10. Oh no, good thing you caught Isha in time ! Bad, bad (nosy) kitty :-)
    And that print over the sideboard… both are to die for !

    Fat Cat

    19 Aug 10 at 11:15 am

  11. lol Fat Cat! Isha would have been lost to the ages had John not caught her…

    John & Juli

    24 Aug 10 at 2:40 pm

  12. I love how the bedroom turned out. The yacht photography completes the space. Unrelated to this post, would you mind sharing the maker of the white round plates found on the first photo of this post:, they are really great! Thanks!


    22 Aug 10 at 5:26 pm

  13. Thanks Kat! The small white plates you are asking about we bought at a garage sale and the mark on the back is “Friesland Germany”. We’ve recently swapped them out for Iittala’s Teema, which we like much better…off to the cottage these plates go!

    John & Juli

    24 Aug 10 at 2:37 pm

  14. that ontario hydro blanket rocks..

  15. Nothing says cottage like an HBC blanket! Love all the little details in the guest room, so inviting!


    24 Aug 10 at 9:16 am

  16. i love this summer retreat and am immensely inspired by all thats done there. The long lounge chair on your deck, who makes it?


    25 Aug 10 at 1:32 pm

  17. It’s a line we actually carry in the store — Skagerak

    John & Juli

    26 Aug 10 at 8:48 am

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