Living the Cottage Life
For some lucky folks, summer means going to a cottage. We're fortunate my husband's cousins (Betty and Peter) generously let us use their cottage most summers. This year we did the hand off with everyone keeping six feet apart and also wearing masks. We generally give them two cases of wine as a thank you and they give us the idyllic seven day cottage experience on Stoney Lake.
Just because it's September doesn't mean that cottage season is over. There may be warm weekends to come, plus some cottage owners enjoy their cottages year-round.
What's cottagecore, you ask? Nostalgia for the "simpler life" and a general love of the cottage aesthetic.
" 150 Best New Cottage and Cabin Ideas profiles exemplary designs of getaway homes and countryside residencies...This book offers an extensive collection of cabins and cottages from all over the world."
"Cabins & Cottages takes you through the basics of constructing a sturdy retreat that will withstand the worst of Mother Nature can dish out."
"The homes featured in Contemporary Cottages update beach and mountain cottages with fresh, modern appointments, magical entryways, updated and repurposed rooms, open ceilings, custom floor plans and unique lighting."
"The Cottage Bible is the most important reference for a cottage owner. The expert guidance is essential for any vacation home, especially one near water with unique challenges. There is year-round advice on maintenance, buying a cottage, repairing burst pipes, and how to keep a lake healthy."
"Vintage Cottages features unique and personalized décor focused on second homes and retreats with a vintage cottage theme...Vintage Cottages shows how to "come home" to a serene retreat that's unlike anything else."
"Camp and Cottage Cookbook is the perfect companion for all your outdoor and cabin cooking needs! This book contains the essential information you will need to provide your family and friends with the fun, tasty, and easy-to-make meals they know and love while enjoying their home away from home."
"This large-format survey showcases some of the best Canadian getaway homes. Featuring the work of major individual architects and important firms, Cabin, Cottage and Camp is both a tribute to the architectural possibilities of the wilderness and an inspiration to those who dream of building their own weekend cottage or cabin."
"Featuring over 200 functional floor plans for cabins, cottages, a-frames, vacation homes, apartment garages, sheds, and more, this book will allow you to browse, select, and order expertly prepared plans."
While it may not be exactly our cottage style here in Ontario, these are some other "cottage" related interior design books that may also interest you.
"In Cozy White Cottage, Liz Marie Galvan of the Liz Marie Blog shares one hundred of her best home décor tips, budget-friendly tricks, and project how-tos for adding comfort and warmth to every room in your house...Let Liz's room-by-room tips and inspiration help you create the sanctuary you long for so you can love the feeling of being at home."
"With beautiful photography and a tale about a little forgotten house that could, Courtney shares the story of her renovation of a 1940s cottage in the California countryside... The journey has been shared on her popular blog French Country Cottage, and now, through the publication of her first book."
See also the same author's French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings.
"Whether built by a 1770s French Huguenot or a 1940s American starlet, cottages capture hearts and imaginations for generations to come...Two hundred luscious photos combined with engaging narration give a window into the heritage, inspiration, and creativity that made each cottage its homeowners perfect match."
Boats, Docks and Getting Out on the Water
Growing up my family didn't have a cottage (we did rent at Wasaga Beach though!) and we certainly could not afford a boat... nor did we have the know how to run one. That's where this DVD might have been helpful for those like me who didn't have this knowledge passed down.
"An excellent hands-on guide to boat handling and safety in a marina or harbor for the novice or refresher for the experienced boater. Divided into six sections, the program will help boaters gain valuable information about handling a boat safely and responsibly in and around marinas, launches, and inlets. Subjects include: General, Mooring & Docking, Rules of the Road, Fueling the Boat, and Waste Management."
If you have a boat at the cottage then you likely have a dock as well so the following may be handy.
"In Building Your Own Dock, you'll find detailed plans, expert tips, advice on building methods, and insight on materials and specialty parts for all the most popular types of docks"
While I may not know how to use a boat I do know how to paddle a canoe and kayak – but something like this book may also be of interest. Remember to always wear your life jacket!
You may enjoy these other digital magazines as well:
If you had the chance to relax at a cottage or dock this summer, share your favourite relaxing reads in the comments below!