To keep her Minden, Ont., cottage
looking like a scrapbook of her
family history — not an overly chic
“designer’s cottage” — Colette van
den Thillart reused many old pieces,
and acquired more furniture at local
markets and antique shops, and in
Scandinavia (her grandfather’s
homeland) and England, where she
now lives. Here in the living room,
hits of white keep the space fresh.
Barnboard, mantel, Legacy Vintage
Building Materials; rug, Reznick.
OPPOSITE, LEF T: The cottage’s
principal suite exudes the
Gustavian-English country style that
Colette (pictured) does so well. A
rustic mirror and whitewashed walls
contrast the formal chest and chairs.
The whimsical window trim is one of
Colette’s signatures in this home.
Linen on chairs, Nicole Fabre Designs.