Cottage décor can amplify the coziness factor, help your relaxation cause and inspire both conversation and introspection. It’s often more fun to fill the spaces in a vacation home than it is your place in the city.
Here are ten pieces to help your décor game at the cottage – or to thank your gracious cottage hosts for a weekend well spent.
Norquay Co. Artisan Paddles
Toronto-based artist Natasha Wittke turns paddles into captivating works of art. Her artisanal paddles – which can be gently used on the lake, but most customers opt to make them décor – add pops of colour and Canadian culture to the walls they grace. Made from solid cherry wood sourced responsibly from Northern Ontario and hand-finished locally, the eye-catching paddles are available in a variety of colours and patterns.
Morgan Jones’ Gnome Blocks
Toronto-based artist Morgan Jones is known for his whimsical mixed-media art, including his coveted gnome blocks. Jones photographs gnome figures in a variety of locations and in all seasons, including the endless days of summer and the beaches and boardwalks they bring. The photos are mounted on square wood blocks, hand-distressed and finished with a high gloss epoxy resin. They feature the latitude and longitude of where the shot was taken and can be hung or stood on a bookshelf or mantle.
A meaningful addition to the cottage couch, the cozy map pillows from Vintage Map Co. feature maps of popular cottage destinations – from the Muskoka Lakes, to Georgian Bay and the Kawarthas. All pillows are handmade by owner and maker Helen Hawketts in her Toronto studio or her Prince Edward County farmhouse. They make well-received thank-you gifts for your cottage hosts this summer thanks to their personal touch.
Cottage Bound Blanket from Tuck Shop Trading Co.
Appropriate for all four seasons, the playful Cottage Bound blanket from Toronto’s Tuck Shop Trading Co. is a no-fail addition to a cottage family room. The blanket – which features a large bold text that says “Cottage Bound” – is made in Canada, acrylic and machine washable. It is available in four colour combos: charcoal/white, white/charcoal, light Heather/white and navy/white.
HBC Multi-Striped Hammock-in-a-Bag
The traditional Hudson Bay stripes are synonymous with Canadian summer. The HBC signature striped Hammock-in-a-Bag adds pops of colour to your cottage country property and helps your “out of office” relaxation mentality as you snooze to the sounds of birds and the rippling lake. The colourful hammock is complete with a hand-braided rope and a bag for storage.
Coffee Table from Out of the Woods
Nothing says cottage country than live edge furniture. Out of the Woods Custom Woodworking creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and accessories using locally sourced and otherwise sustainably sourced Ontario wood. The pieces are as unique as your summer escape is and include a variety of coffee tables. This includes the Maple Cookie Coffee Table, which makes a “sweet” addition to the cottage or dock.
HBC x Sunnylife Multi Stripe Beach Sounds
Turn up the tunes in the boathouse with this stylish retro looking radio; a product of a collaboration of HBC with Sunnylife. The colourful accessory features an MP3 speaker and radio and works with any smart phone or tablet; you can play music off your device or listen to the good, old-fashioned radio with the AM/FM tuner. The stereo is sand and water resistant, making it a perfect dock party accessory.
Jessica Lin Photographs
Toronto-based photographic artist Jessica Lin’s imaginative landscape pieces are a natural fit for the walls of a Canadian cottage. Filled with vast landscapes and mysteriously magical skies, her most recent collection explores Canadian landscapes with images from trips to Ontario’s famous Algonquin Park and two road trips out east to the Maritimes.
Floyd Elzina Pine Cone
If you have a sprawling property, an appreciation for large-scale sculptures and a soft spot for nature, artist Floyd Elzina’s impossible-to-ignore pine cones are the addition you didn’t know you were missing at your cottage property. The steel-made cones are reflective of the iconic Canadian landscape, available in a variety of sizes and work well either indoors or outdoors.
Blue Ocean Lighthouse Elk 9 Antler Chandelier
The Elk 9 Antler Chandelier completes a rustic chic look as a conversation piece. The lightweight chandelier – which weighs just 28 pounds – features 12 25-watt candle lights, offering the perfect amount of light to set the mood at the cottage. The chandelier comes complete with three feet of chain and a canopy mounting kit.
Happy Glamping. 🙂