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Gift Ideas For Mamas of Muskoka

Moms love gifts, even after Mother’s Day

Hippie Chicks. Rad Mamas. Boho yoga moms. Women with style. We're everywhere, we work hard, we cook lots of food, we put up with your stuff, and dammit... we love gifts even after Mother's Day. Jewellery, candles, water bottles—all of these items are available online, curbside, from local Muskoka shops. None of them are overly ...

Whipped Cream Snow Sparkle Soap

Does life get any better?

In the spirit of Muskoka's Christmas season, we gathered a few of our favourite things. First on the list: Snowflake Sparkle Whipped Cream Soap by Northern Waters Cleansing Co. This indie bath and body company situated near Parry Sound caught our eye on Instagram recently with these yummy looking, holiday-themed goodies for your bathtub. Creator Julie ...

For Your Cottage Table

Trudy Crane’s All-White Dinnerware: Simplicity for Your Table.

Trudy Crane’s art is a runaway hit. Her work — all-white tableware featured on lookslikewhite.com — is simplicity itself. It's a style that reflects the ceramic artist’s dedication to a life filled with beauty, meaning, and purpose. Her debut book, Seasons: The Vegan Table, expands on that theme. The artist collaborated with her daughter — photographer Chloé Crane-Leroux ...

Muskoka Beach Chic

How a Surf Club Revival Puts the Boogie Back in Port Carling

Frankie Avalon. Gidget. Moondoggie. Beach Blanket Bingo. It’s 1960s beach chic and it’s come to Muskoka. Or shall we say… it’s come back to Muskoka. Nearly 50 years since its inception, Frankies Surf Club has reopened in the iconic Muskoka town of Port Carling. From 1968-1974, the Port Carling Surf Club – a.k.a. Frankies — ...

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 Colour of the Year

Serenity blue and rose quartz: Pantone blends two calming shades to produce a Zen-ful colour for 2016
Pantone's Colour of 2016

They are the colours of tranquility and inner peace. The Pantone Color Institute has blended two stress-less shades, Serenity and Rose Quartz, as 2016’s colour of the year. Considered the global provider of professional colour standards, Pantone says that now more than ever, consumers are seeking mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stress ...

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 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, ...

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