Cottage

A Sign of the Times

Muskoka Signmaker & Instagram Entrepreneur Creates Inspirational Signs out of Beautiful Barnboard

It’s a sign of the Muskoka times. Hand-crafted signage marking laneways, boathouses, docks, fireplaces, and bunkies has reached an all-time high on Pinterest and Instagram. Examples: Lake Rules, Life is Better at the Lake, and this self-assured favourite: Come In, We Are Awesome! Riding the wave is Kristen Moller, signmaker and sole proprietor of Muskoka’s ...

The Roundie

Round beach towels make it less hip to be square.

Is it really so hip to be square? The round beach towel — also known as The Roundie — challenges summer norms, taking on the traditionally shaped rectangular beach towel as the go-to for the beaches, boats, and docks of Muskoka. Leading the charge is Canada’s Tofino Towel Co., makers of “the original west coast ...

Cottage Etiquette No.2

Six Ways to be a Good Party Guest

In this running series, MuskokaStyle considers cottage etiquette: the art of practicing common courtesies, good sportsmanship, civility, and respect, both on the lake and off... You've accepted an invitation as a guest at a cottage cocktail party... Here are six ways to behave with style and civility that will also help you get invited back!   ...

Cottage Etiquette

Suggestion No.1: How to Respond to a Cottage Invitation

In this running series, MuskokaStyle considers cottage etiquette: the art of practicing common courtesies, good sportsmanship, civility and respect, both on the lake and off... You're among the lucky few invited as a weekend guest at the lakeside home of an acquaintance... How nice! Naturally you want to attend. How best to respond to this very special ...

Lakelife & Cottagelife Decor

Maps of Muskoka’s Grand Trunk Railway Add Vintage Flair to Cottage Pillows

It's called a Vintage Canadian Map Pillow and it'll look grand on your cottage sofa this summer. For years, artist Helen Hawketts has been collecting vintage maps of Canada's Grand Trunk Railway -- maps dating back to the late 1800s. From the maps, Hawketts created custom fabrics, then designed a series of pillows that add just the right amount ...

Muskoka Meets the Waldorf-Astoria

What Does Muskoka and New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Have In Common?

It housed Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It's considered one of America's most venerable hotels. What does New York's Waldorf-Astoria have to do with Muskoka? The answer lies with the Royal Muskoka.   The Royal Muskoka was once cottage country's grandest hotels. Built by the Muskoka Navigation Company in 1901, the ...

Muskoka Must-Haves: The All-Canadian Camp Chair

For R & R MuskokaStyle, Try this Classic Canadiana Butterfly Chair from HBC
HBC Butterfly Chair in Hudson's Bay Colours

Little says “Canadian Winter” quite as well as a Hudson’s Bay Multi Stripe Point Blanket.  Those iconic HBC stripes — green, yellow, red, and a blue that’s properly called indigo — date all the way back to 1702,  otherwise known as Queen Anne’s four favourite colours. If the blanket is HBC’s emblem of Canadian winter, ...