Michael Graydon

sneak peek inside

You may have seen this in a Canadian decorating magazine recently. But you'd be forgiven if you totally missed it. It's the kitchen at our PEI cottage. I can't really share photos of the full interior (it's a loooong, looong story). But I can't resist sharing a little peek. The kitchen is a petite galley. The wood counter, sink and faucet (I sooo love the sink and faucet) are all just as they were found. We got a quote on having the sink re-enamelled, but in the end I have decided to embrace its nicks and wear.

The cabinets were a few shades of blue before. We cleaned them up with lots of white paint -- Beauti-Tone Paperwhite -- a white that is near and dear to my heart (yes, I'm the kind of person who can refer to a paint colour as near and dear to her heart). Our other additions: a cute little holophane pendant from RONA, blinds from Home Depot (these things are my go-to budget window covering - have been using them for years), a backsplash of white ceramic penny rounds that I am proud to say I installed all by myself (first tiling project!), and last but not least, my blue lobster curtains. Blue lobsters are a rare natural phenomenon and are considered good luck. It's a little kitsch, but I couldn't resist using a little bit of this fabric. I got it a Suzanne Brown & Assoc. showroom in Toronto and sewed the curtain myself. Husband likes it that short - I think it looks like floods. Hmmm. 

The mudroom

This is a detail of the entry mudroom. The shell-encrusted mirror is super big and a beaut. Mr. A found it loooong before we had the place and was saving it for our one-day PEI cottage. It has found its perfect home. It announces coastal style to all who enter and bounces a little light around this dark little room. I painted the walls Trinity Blazer from Beauti-Tone. I call it a marine blue -- gutsy for a white wall lover such as myslef. I DID NOT like it when it was first going on the wall. Mr. A was teasing me by calling it Toronto Maple Leaf blue. Eeeeew. Alas, one must not judge a paint colour until the room is fully realized. I now love it. I painted the space a dark colour so that it would feel instantly cool when you came in from a hot day at the beach. We picked up the old coil of rope at the Moncton flea market on our first road trip to the cottage from Ontario.

This is a little vignette on a table in the mudroom -- all of it Mr. A's doing. As you may know, he has a fantastic eye for fine vintage objects and a knack for tablescapes. The tiny oil painting is incredibly evocative of the area. The swirly glazed 19th c pottery is where we stash our keys. Shells....well, of course. The vintage glass bottle is the prettiest watery hue. 

We painted all of the floors in Patina from Beauti-Tone. PEI's red soil meant white floors were utterly out of the question. Pale grey is just right. They're still light but with a slightly Swedish look. The colour looks great on the original wide planks, which were previously blood red. I like how this photo is a bit like a portrait of Mr. A and I: his shoes next to mine. And the shoes say it all: slip-on sneaks, well-worn espadrilles, flipflops. I must extend a hat tip to Michael Graydon for this shot. He didn't take this one, I did, but the idea of this photo was his. Trust me, his version is way way better.

I hope to share more of the cottage makeover process with you. Check back. Meanwhile, I'm counting the days until our next visit.