Easy living cottage stylePublished on July 16, 2014

  • Pouffe, West Elm, Toronto

  • Pottery Barn duvet

  • A Homesense find dresser painted in vibrant green

  • French influences in the guest bedroom

  • HomeSense wishbone chair

  • Modern & vintage

  • Pottery Barn chair

  • Nautral beauty

  • Sonya in the kitchen she designed for her clients

  • HomeSense bar cart

  • Coffee table, Urban Barn, Ottawa

Interior designer Sonya Kinkade has a flair for cottage décor and her latest project in Quebec shows off her talent for mixing vintage chic with cottage comfort. Perched up on a hill overlooking Lac Désormeaux, the newly built cottage serves as a refuge for Dan and Vicki Hersey. With space for sitting and eating, both indoors and out, the cottage offers more than the comforts of home - it provides an escape from everyday life, and the décor reflects that...  

WHAT ARE THE KEY COMPONENTS YOU INCLUDE IN COTTAGE DÉCOR? To create a space with a sense of everyday ease to reflect the client's lifestyle and the easy living that comes with cottage life.

DO YOU HAVE A TRADEMARK STYLE THAT YOU APPLY TO EACH COTTAGE DECORATING PROJECT? I love mixing new with old, vintage with modern, high-end with low-end. I don't like anything too predictable, so I tend to use a lot of mismatched furniture. The space needs to look like it has developed over time, like each piece was chosen through the years. I love the look of warm wood and chipped paint pieces, against a fresh backdrop of clean updated walls and window treatments. The space should look lived in and loved, piece by piece - nothing too pretentious.

WERE THERE ANY SPECIFIC REQUESTS FROM YOUR CLIENTS THAT DICTATED THE LOOK FOR THIS PROJECT? They are tall and requested that I incorporate height into the main bath vanity. During our initial consult I had asked my client what her primary residence was like visually. I really felt it was best to stay clear of anything they had done in their own home so that this space would be a getaway from everyday life. It was decided that this space, unlike their home, was going to be crisp and fresh with warm wood throughout.

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