Houzz Tour: A Contemporary Canadian Lake House With Blissful Views
A cosy home in the woods that doubles as an entertaining space for hosting family and friends
Built with a simple, unadorned architecture that recalls Prairie style, the home is a bit of an anomaly among the more rustic homes in the area. Interior designer Chris Lischkoff kept the exterior architecture, as well as the surrounding lake and woods, in mind as he outfitted the interior with help from frequent collaborator Hettel Nana. The result is a clean, casual and comfortable home that’s designed to handle parties of 100, yet is cosy enough for the couple when they’re on their own.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here A couple of empty nesters
Location Ontario, Canada
Size 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Designer Lischkoff Design Planning
While the house has a clean and somewhat formal look, its design can take a beating. ‘We chose durable materials that can stand up to the constant parade of muddy boots, dogs, kids and party guests that come through here,’ Lischkoff says. For example, these floors are flamed granite.
This room is a secondary casual hallway. A combination of cubbyholes, shelves and hooks provides plenty of storage for shoes, bags, muddy boots and more woodsy lake stuff.
Coatrack, Eames Hang-It-All.
The kitchen has the sleek style of a bar in a chic restaurant. Because it’s so open to the other rooms, Lischkoff didn’t want it to look too kitchen-y. ‘This is a very high-performance kitchen that often has two or three people cooking at once, but it has a more casual feel,’ he says. There are two dishwashers to handle all of the large dinner parties they host.
The splashback is made of hand-painted porcelain Japanese tiles that shimmer and reflect the light, as does the glass door on the Sub-Zero fridge. The woven pendants from Italy add cottage texture, and the stools are a fun, more traditional touch that bring in the signature blue colour.
To the left, built-in drawers serve the dining room like a buffet, with plenty of space for place mats, linens, serving pieces, platters, trivets and more. Also, there is a large pantry with an extra fridge and wine refrigerator to the left.
Paint in Dune White UC-70, Benjamin Moore.
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‘We had to deal with some really big walls in here,’ Lischkoff says. One side has shelves painted an accent colour for interest. ‘They go through a lot of wood,’ he says. The log storage wall adds more rustic woodsy lake texture to the clean-lined home.
The custom dining table can accommodate 14. ‘They often have a group that big,’ Lischkoff says. He chose durable resin chairs that look like wicker, and chose all armchairs because people like to hang out after dinner here for hours.
Chairs, Crate & Barrel. Chandelier by Modo, Roll & Hill.
Haverhill Transitional pendant, Hudson Valley Lighting.
Desk by Strut, Blu Dot.
Swing-arm lamp, Kelvin, Flos. Cushion fabric, Lee Jofa.
The floors are smoked oak, which means they are not stained. Lischkoff used 5in-, 7in- and 9in-wide boards placed in a random pattern diagonally for a more casual look.
The floor is honed marble. ‘Nothing in the house is highly polished. You get plenty of traction with these textured finishes,’ Lischkoff says.
Zinc chest, Restoration Hardware.
Sconces, Robert Abbey.
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