It was the call of the lake that brought Mike and Jacqui Wilson home. After living in Boston for 10 years, the Wilsons were lured back to Ottawa during one of their summer visits to Jacqui's parents' cottage in Horseshoe Bay on ?Big Rideau Lake. Jacqui grew up in Ottawa and says, "We were living in Boston with four young children and would often spend our summers on the lake, staying with my parents. It was these summers that made us realize we needed to move back to Ottawa."
DREAMS COME TRUE
Knowing that a cottage would be an important part of their life in Ottawa, Mike and Jacqui sought to find their own place - and, of course, it had to be on the Big Rideau. Their search brought them to a lakefront property in a bay not too far from Jacqui's parents and offered an ideal location for them to build a year-round vacation home. Perched on a hill, the Wilsons now have their dream cottage that offers the best of cottage living for their young children.
FUN & GAMES
The property offers plenty of adventure-seeking space that includes room to roam for Coco the dog and a firepit for sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. Days at the cottage embrace friends and family gathering for casual barbecues and water activities, with a dock where the family spend much of their day. The indoors offer plenty of fun too, with a giant chessboard calling players to the table, a loft space with oversized beanbag chairs and loads of board games, as well as gaming space in the basement. Overnight guests are easily accommodated with welcoming bedroom space upstairs and down.
With the help of Andre Godin Design, Maberly Housing and Cadieux Interiors, Jacqui was able to combine Cape Cod influences with Canadian cottage-style décor. The results are stunning and Jacqui is credited with creating a style that is both welcoming and elegant. A relatively neutral palette combines shades of blue with creams and medium wood tones for a restful feeling that permeates the cottage. Water views dominate the background, but the treed lot brings in a woodsy vibe to add some rustic appeal to the stylish space.
The cottage is designed with entertaining in mind. A large kitchen island begs for conversation, food and drink. An oversized blue leather sofa in the great room welcomes lounging and provides enough space for the whole family to gather together for movie watching. The dining table amply seats a crowd with a combination of comfy chairs and bench seating to create a stylish dining spot. Additional seating is found in a more formal arrangement next to the kitchen, with linen sofas from Cadieux Interiors that complement two mid-century modern leather chairs. The furnishings all co-ordinate nicely with a rustic coffee table brought home from Boston and a quirky Indonesian-inspired turtle accent chair.
The cottage is spacious enough to provide the family of six with room to spread out and enjoy it individually. Jacqui offers, "The kids love to read a book on a beanbag in the loft first thing in the morning. We love to have our coffee in the early morning in the screened-in porch. But my favourite spot is on my paddleboard ?with my dog Coco watching the sunrise (visiting my sister at her cottage in Horseshoe Bay). Coco sits ?on the front as I paddle out into the lake and ?around to the next bay."