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Cottage Life

Here, we'll share with you many of our experiences of life in the Kawarthas. Indeed, for twenty years, we spent virtually every weekend here. And now, having left Toronto, we live on Balsam Lake year-round. As full-time residents, we will share our stories about our experiences and experiments in the Kawarthas, from organic vegetable gardening and chicken coop construction - to building a backyard skating rink, barbecuing, canning local produce, and finding interesting spots to shop in the best part of Ontario cottage country.

What to do after a run in with a skunk or porcupine

Cottagers can get themselves into some tricky situations. Here's what to do when things go wrong! When an unfortunate encounter...
06/03/2019
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Mixing modern and traditional with color

The color you choose for the exterior of your cottage is important! It's what you and your family remember years...
05/27/2019
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Make your own popsicles!

Sure, store bought popsicles hit the spot sometimes but have you ever tried making your own? All you need are...
05/23/2019
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Nautical design inspiration

Nautical design is classic, and it's perfect for a waterfront cottage! Hygge Houze featured a Harbourside Cottage and said, "You'll...
05/22/2019
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Decorating your fireplace

The kitchen might be the heart of the home - but the fireplace is a close second! House Beautiful has...
05/16/2019
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Cottage curb appeal

Spruce up your cottage's curb appeal this year! Cottages and Bungalows said to add some fun pieces! "Eye-catching outdoor accents like...
05/08/2019
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Making rustic current

The rustic style has always been a staple in cottage decor, and we don't expect that to change anytime soon!...
05/07/2019
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Forests reduce stress

Have you heard of forest bathing? For us that spend a lot of time in nature it might sound silly,...
05/06/2019
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Spring cleaning cottage style

For many, spring means it's time to open up the cottage! That also means it's time for a little spring...
05/01/2019
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What you should keep in your first aid kit at the cottage

What should be in a cottage first aid kit? Start with the basics - bandaids, gauze, rubbing alcohol, and medical...
04/29/2019
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Take some inspiration from southern porches

The southern United States knows how to do porches right.  Cottages and Bungalows said, "Southern houses are famous for their...
04/22/2019
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Making your fairytale garden

Some cottagers have gardens that look straight out of a storybook. How did they do it? Cottages and Bungalows says...
04/17/2019
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What cottage renters are looking for

When people are looking for a cottage to rent - what sorts of things are they looking for? Many are...
04/12/2019
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What to do when you rip a screen

Screen doors are lovely in the summer - but why do they always seem to rip? If you're having this...
04/11/2019
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Why you love to be by the water

Why do humans love being by the water so much? It actually comes down to science. Water has an emotional...
04/10/2019
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Decorate for spring in a jif!

Decorating for a new season doesn't have to take a long time. Spring is here, so add some bright fun...
03/27/2019
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What you need for your cottage spring decorations!

If you just want to add a few spring decorations to your cottage - what should they be? Liz Marie...
03/25/2019
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Decorating for SPRING!

Spring is around the corner - how are you going to celebrate with your cottage decorations? Decor to Adore has...
03/20/2019
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Style inspiration from the Big Easy

New Orleans is full of charming little houses, and their style is truly unique! If you want to style your...
03/19/2019
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Spring means baby animals!

Spring is such a lovely time in nature. If you've spent time at the cottage in the spring, you know...
03/15/2019
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Old paddles aren’t garbage – you can fix them up!

Old paddles that are well loved can start to deteriorate, but there are things you can do to fix them!...
03/14/2019
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