Houzz Tour: A Minimalist and Monochrome Canadian Lake House
Expansive lake views and large, bright and airy spaces give this home a Zen-like quality
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here A couple and their 3 (soon to be 4) children
Location Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto, Canada
Size 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Interior designer Shirley Meisels
The front door opens into a hallway with big views through the great room and out to the lake. A console table creates a landing zone, and the mirror reflects the view of the lake and natural light.
Table, Strut by Blu Dot. Mirror, Restoration Hardware.
‘We wanted to create functional spaces that would be comfy for the whole family to be together,’ Shirley says. A wool rug defines the family ‘room’; a dining table creates a buffer between that area and the kitchen.
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To temper the sleekness, Shirley brought in contrasting colour, a range of textures and striking silhouettes. ‘Even though everything is clean and simple, I wanted to rough it up a bit with imperfect elements, such as rougher woods, pottery and hammered steel,’ she says. ‘The cottage itself is pretty slick; if everything was perfectly clean and monotone, it would feel very sterile.’
One of the biggest ‘roughed up’ elements she added is the dining room table. ‘The contrast of the black helps ground the space and balances the other half of the room, she says. The curved silhouettes of the Vitra Panton chairs throw some curves at all of the straight, modern lines.
Dining table, Restoration Hardware.
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Shirley picked a stain-resistant fabric for the sofa and wipeable leather for the ottomans and chairs. Details such as the wood and metal nesting tables and the wood side table bring in some roughness and texture. ‘I wanted to layer in some natural elements,’ she says. ‘The wood side table also helps tie in the caramel leather on the Paulistano chairs.’ Throw pillows and blankets add more softness. Black leather on the ottomans and other dark accents balance things out with contrast, while pottery pieces add interesting silhouettes.
Sofa and ottomans, custom via Shirley Meisels. Rug, Restoration Hardware. Nesting tables, West Elm. Black jug, Stefania Vasquez for Diamantini & Domeniconi
Bed and bedside table, West Elm. Pottery, Target. Table lamp, Restoration Hardware.
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