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, ...

The Lakeside Swing

The classic Backyard Swing morphs into a Lakeside Living Room
Nestrest Swing by Dedon

Ah, life in the lakeside swing…  a long glass of lemonade, a steady breeze, a view of the steamship Segwun floating past on a Muskoka bay. The classic lakeside swing gets an update this season from a number of sources. The classic lakeside swing gets an update this season… The Willow Swingasan Pier1 Imports’ new ...