I recently shared a peek into this charming little cottage that belongs to my aunt.
At the end of the path that follows the curve of the lake, a few doors down from our cottage, sits a little red cottage, formerly belonging to a fishing lodge.
It's red logs and stacked stones make for an inviting entrance, made only more charming by it's interior just beyond the screen door.
Inside is a classic log cabin, simple and open, with pops of red and the perfect balance of Waverly prints and a few carefully collected antique pieces.
Cottage life is simple living at it's best. A slow morning with a coffee, a long afternoon on the dock and an evening spent fireside. And this space is perfectly suited for such days.
(This pair of tartan lunch pails were from a tag sale I had years ago.)
She has such an eye for balanced patterns - a bit of toile, a bit of tartan, a few florals and classic stripes and checks.
She repurposed an old duvet cover into curtains.
(This antique monogrammed dish towel was a find on a trip we took together to Hudson, NY)
The cottage has two small bedrooms. One with a double bed with hints of pink, and another in blues with two twin beds. Each has a small closet and while open above to the rest of the cottage, still feels private and separate.
Some antique china in a mix of patterns adds character to the tops of the kitchen cabinet.
The living room has the best views of the lake.
And while the cottage may be small and cozy, it's high ceiling with it's exposed beams makes the space feel much larger.
Just the right amount of decor - a few favourite pieces to add character but not clutter.
(I found this pillow made from antique quilt scraps, by a local artist, and couldn't resist getting it. It was like it was made just for her!)
A removable hammock is strung in the screened porch which looks down at the lake.
It's everything a cottage should be - a calm escape, inviting and personal.
And I'm so glad that I get to pop in for a cup of tea and chat.