Cottage on the Lake!

Hey Everyone,

It has been too long since my last posting.  I finally was able to get some photos of my last decorating project.  With my pregnancy brain I forgot to bring my memory card for my NIKON, oops.  So the photos had to be taken with a phone, nothing makes me sadder than this.  However they did turn out better then I thought.  This families cottage was located directly on the lake in Port Severn area.  This was such a fun project for me, as I was able to do whatever I thought would be appropriate for this family.  Having total control and my own visions come alive was great.  All that this family wanted was for it to feel rustic, cozy, and inviting.

We Renovated everything even the exterior elevations of the cottage.

Here are the before photos so you have an idea what I started off with.  There was great structure and bones to commence this project.

The Exterior this is the part of the cottage that faces the water.  To begin with I actually really liked the color, it suited the atmosphere.  This family wanted a refreshed look.  So I decided to keep some of the original color for some accenting and added stone around the foundation.


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Moving on to the interior, to begin with this cottage had oak everywhere and I mean everywhere! Trim, Baseboards, window casements and entire kitchen cabinets.  A simple paint job can go a long way!  I decided to paint out all of the trim an off white tint and walls a light neutral grey.  The Kitchen Cabinetry we painted out and switched out the hardware, this made a world of difference.  We ripped out the laminate countertops and installed a light multi tone quartz counter.  I re worked the layout of the kitchen to make more sense and become more functional.  To begin with the stove was in another room entirely next to the kitchen.  I moved the dishwasher next to the main sink and relocated the stove where the dishwasher used to be and installed a range.  For flooring, vinyl floors were ripped out and a Laminate Rustic Floor was installed throughout the cottage.


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I Kept the fridge in its original location and just off the kitchen was the laundry room.  To close off that area we had a barn door made that slides nicely beside the fridge.  All new appliances were purchased.



When you move into the dining area, I knew we had to keep this light fixture.  This piece was so interesting and screamed cottage, I loved it! We changed out the bulbs to decorative globe bulbs.  Window treatments were custom roman shades which this family would only keep closed at night.  With the view of the lake who would want to hide that!  We purchased all new furniture from a mixture of locations which I will list at the end of the blog post.  I decided to make the end wall a feature wall done in chalk board, this contrast completed this space and made it a little fun for the kids to be able to draw on a rainy day.

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The Master was also painted out.  With the one wall being entirely windows.  I decided to keep the wall and trim color the same to allow your eye to flow out to the peaceful lake view while laying in bed.  For privacy a flat panel roman shade in a light grey was installed. An accent wall behind the bed of old barn board was installed which added just enough texture.  The master isn’t quite 100% complete, we still have some DIY work to do with the dressers and end tables and accessories/rugs.  Summer projects for the family is how I see it, and the kids are excited for that.  The En-suite has new flooring, a slate tile that resembles hardwood.  We painted out the existing vanity and installed new counters and faucets.


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For the Entry custom shelves were made out of extra barn board along with barn doors to hide the clutter of jackets and shoes if need be.  The Front Door was also painted out for a more refreshed look.


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The Living Area was very closed off with the sofa having its back towards the dining.  I wasn’t a fan of how the furniture was positioned.  It closed off the dining area and wasn’t the best use of space.  Re working the layout and proper space planning made this room seem a lot larger, conversation can flow now throughout the dining to living.  New furniture was purchased, however we did keep some original items with a few DIY touches! The fireplace was not to code so we enlarged the apron with some stone.  I wanted to have firewood displayed also making it easy to access in those cold winter months. This I think contributed well to the design of the room.  The same window treatments as the dining area were used except for the sliding door.  Here I thought a sleek grommet style drape would finish off the look.  Details of the furniture listed at the end of the post.  My favorite pieces, the oversized fur bean bag chairs, the kids and adults love them!


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This was such a fun project for me, I really enjoyed it.  I hope you enjoyed the transformation as much as I did creating it!

Lilly Cordeiro

Elle Cee Design



Lighting– Restoration Hardware  Cabinets- Drifting Snow 10BB83/014 Counters- Caeserstone 6600 Nougat Classico


Table– Cornerstone Interiors   Chairs- Cornerstone Interiors   Rug- Homesense  Wall Unit– Homesense    Accessories- Homesense & Urban Barn   Window Coverings- Home Depot


Barn Board Wall– Local Farm   Accessories- Homesense    Table Lamps- Urban Barn

Living Room

Bean Bag Chairs- Restoration Hardware  Ceiling Light Fixture- The Lighting Shoppe   Sofas- Urban Barn   Rug & Accessories- Homesense  Canoe Art- Urban Barn  Long Horn Wall Art- Willow House

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