Kitchen Dining Living Principal bedroom Bath Bunk room
“I love mixing it all together, which is what
makes a home special,” says Jenn, who
created a welcoming entryway with pieces
from big-box stores alongside objets d’art
from designer shops and flea-market finds.
The organic textures relax the vignette. Long
table, log holder, vase, Ikea; bird, Jonathan
Adler; lanterns, L’Atelier; votives, Pistachio.
THE BACK STORY For 2½ years, freelance stylist and
creative director Jenn Cranston dreamed of having a
peaceful cottage wrapped in tones of white and cream.
She even shopped for it, putting cushions, dishes and
other pieces into a storage locker. But as for the
property itself? It existed only in her mind.
That is, until serendipity (in the form of a dinner
party) seated her next to someone who knew the
perfect place on Lake Simcoe, just an hour’s drive north
of Toronto. Two months later, Jenn had her island
getaway. Isla, as Jenn calls her 1,000-square-foot
cottage, has a serene, beachy feel. “I love the fresh
aesthetic,” she says. “It feels like you’re in the tropics.”
Jenn, whose clients include Holt Renfrew, Ikea and
Indigo Books & Music, decorated the cottage in just
one week, and all on a tight budget. She saved money
by doing much of the work herself; with the interior
already all-white, she added loungey seating and
brought in organic materials like bamboo to capture
a sense of casual, oceanside living.
And all of Jenn’s finds pulled out of storage? They
look right at home, as if they, like she, were meant
to live here.
OPEN UP SPACES WITH WHITE
A low profile all-white daybed (actually a
boxspring and mattress) sets the pace in the
living room. A white African Juju hat, vintage
lamp and beige-and-white embroidered fabric
from Mexico on the throw pillows infuse the
room with personality. Teak folding chairs
continue the beach feel. Mattress, Ikea; Juju,
Hollace Cluny; chairs, Fresh Home & Garden.