Houzz Tour: An All-Natural and Bright Canadian Holiday Home
A pared-back home with plenty of natural materials creates a remote space of refuge and rest
Her outlook permeates every square inch of the cottage she shares with husband Cameron Thorn, 5-year-old son Leighton and Goldendoodle dog Billie. All-white walls, painter’s canvas cushions and natural linen define the bright space, creating an always-fresh feel that encourages everyone who visits to kick back, relax and enjoy being on remote south Pender Island, in British Columbia, a Canadian province. ‘It’s all about a vision of natural and no plastic,’ Carrie says. ‘Everybody walks in and feels calm.’
Houzz at a Glance
Location South Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
Who lives here This is a summer home for interior designer Carrie McCarthy, developer Cameron Thorn, 5-year-old son Leighton and Goldendoodle Billie.
Size 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
To achieve that, Carrie used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White on most of the walls and ceilings. She’s a big believer in using the same colour for baseboards, walls and ceilings, because it’s cost effective and fast.
The coffee table is from Carrie’s grandparents. She swapped the original glass top for a piece of sealed marble but didn’t like the polished look, so she turned it over to show the more porous side. ‘Nothing is precious in here,’ she says.
Wall paint, Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
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Because they are building a larger home, the size of the cottage was restricted. To make the most of the square footage, Carrie wanted a loft-style bedroom. That dictated having the peaked roof. But the shape of the house also is in keeping with the natural approach to the overall design, and recalls simple English or French cottages.
The home sits on a poured foundation surrounded by a dry-stacked rock wall (nothing holds the rocks together except the weight of each rock).
The couple splurged on wood windows because they liked the look, and Thorn, who acted as general contractor, applied the cedar shingles himself to save money. It took them about eight tries to get the stain’s taupey-grey colour with a bit of dark indigo just right. ‘The exterior is like the book cover to us and was really important,’ Carrie says.
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