Patio Inspiration

Leave the City Behind – Our Top Designer Ideas for Luxurious Cottage Life

Summer time is cottage time – leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, with our designers’ top tips for creating home-away-from-home spaces perfect for your happy getaways.

If You Are Going for a Classic Look

Maxwell Cottage

Creating a cottage atmosphere that will charm you and your guests with all of the right feelings every time, can be a pretty big job – especially when you also don’t want to spare a modern touch. Always a classic, nautically inspired colour palette, patterns and textures are just the thing for you. Our designers and stylists all agree, soft, earthy blues and lagoon greens on light palates of fawn are best for creating stylishly timeless cottage décor. We also love the look of rough linens and high-tread count cottons on upholstery, throw pillows and custom bedding (yes, we do that too!).

Upholstering old favourites with a beach palette of blues and turquoise, and layering minimalistic geometric patterns is my Client’s top choice for livening up any room at the cottage.
– Rachelle

Alendel Whisper

If you are more of a Free Spirit

Modern cottage life is all about combining design forward touches with a balanced hint of tradition for personalized perfection. Pastel fabrics with translucent patterns of slight floral are the hottest trend with our designers, especially for masters and guest bedrooms that comfort your worries away. But for outdoors, our designers suggest you try something a little bit more daring! Try decorating patio and garden settings inspired by your greatest adventures to the East. Brightly whimsical palates of saturated silks with details of gold in deep green settings is the trendiest way to warm up your summer outdoor dinners and stargazing sit-ins.

Alendel Madagaskar

Don’t Forget the Kids!

Summers at the cottage are some of the most precious childhood memories we are lucky to share. To make their summers even more special, don’t forget to include the kids’ rooms in your interior design plans. Try airy drapery patters with geometric trimmings and coordinate with designer wallpapers that frame natural light effortlessly – for those rainy days at the cottage when your little ones will have to find their adventures indoors. Our designers also suggest trying to create little sitting corners with groupings of layered floor cushions. This will create cozy, natural gathering places for your little ones and their friends to let their imaginations run free.

“We measure the success of our cottage decorating projects by how hard our clients find it to leave it behind at the end of the season and go back to the city.”
– Stephen


Kids Room

Bonus Hint: Invest in the Newest Fabric Technology

Our designers’ favourite hits for decorating your cottage? Invest in outdoor fabrics! It might surprise you, but now almost all fabric styles, textures and prints from the world’s top fabric designers are readily available with environmentally-friendly, weather-proof finishes. Now you can drape, upholster and detail your favourite décor elements with the most beautiful fabrics that are also easy to clean, protected from UV rays and long-lasting even during the worst of Canadian weather.


Check out our Cottage Life Pinterest board for our designers’ latest inspirations. And when you are ready, our in-house design and style team will be happy to help you make your cottage dreams come true.