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"It was a dream job," recalls
interior designer Jennifer Worts,
speaking of the custom-built home
she lovingly designed. The family’s main
objective in building this stunning retreat
in Ontario’s cottage country was to create
an unassuming and inviting place for the
large clan to gather. And while the home’s
interior was certainly important, it was the
cottage’s island location and the spectacular
natural surroundings that dictated their vision.
“What they wanted above all was a home
that integrated its surroundings seamlessly.
They wanted to bring the outside in, and the
The simplicity of this philosophy
is felt throughout. Though quite large, the
home is essentially one expansive, multipurpose
room that feels straightforward,
unpretentious and laid-back. The central
space is made up of four different zones: a
kitchen, a dining room, a living room and a
recreation area. The front wall is outfitted
with huge doors that slide back completely
and open up onto a large screened-in porch.
With all the doors gone, it’s hard to tell where
the wood-clad timber structure ends and the
trees begin. And that’s just how it should be.