5 Ways to Burst Into Summer

One antidote to a long, slow, grey winter: bursts of vibrant spring colour. Playful resort brights, sorbets, fun retro-pop florals — all make a splash on 2016’s Spring fashion scene. MuskokaStyle paused the presses to converse with Kaitlin, retail director at Island View, the Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store in Port Carling, Muskoka. Here are five of her …

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Pantone Colour of 2016

Cottage Colour of the Year

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 …

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The Little Desigual Dress

“Life is Cool” (La Vida es Chula). So says the breezy slogan by Desigual, a colourful fashion brand born in Ibiza that’s characterized by “distinctive,” “flamboyant,” and “optimistic” designs on dresses, scarves, footwear, and tops. MuskokaStyle editors are enamoured with what we call “The Little Desigual Dress” — flirty, filmy numbers that swing when you walk and catch …

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Muskoka Map Pillow

Lakelife & Cottagelife Decor

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 …

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HBC Butterfly Chair in Hudson's Bay Colours

Muskoka Must-Haves: The All-Canadian Camp Chair

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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The Boho Hat

Faye Dunaway. Marianne Faithfull. Bridgit Bardot. The Boho Hat had its day on the heads of these beauties in the 1970s…this summer it’s back. Headlining summer collections by J.Crew and Wallaroo — even Canadian traditionalist Tilley Hats is trying one on — the Boho Hat is wide-brimmed and beguiling. Appearing in simple brown or fresh, …

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Nestrest Swing by Dedon

The Lakeside Swing

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 SwingasanPier1 Imports’ new Willow Swingasan …

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