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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.

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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Why winter cottaging is awesome

Heading to the cottage in the winter used to be an adventure. It was cold, rugged, and always interesting! Now,...
03/13/2019
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You can have your own tiny library!

Have you seen those little tiny library structures in front yards? They are perfect for cottages! Especially if you or...
01/30/2019
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New year’s resolutions for the cottage

Did you make any resolutions this year? It's not too late! If you didn't make any because you couldn't think...
01/21/2019
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How to safely drive on a frozen lake

During the winter many lakes freeze enough to drive on, but there are important safety precautions to take. Remember to...
01/18/2019
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Cottage decor the Icelandic style

We have all heard of the Scandinavian style at this point - but what about Icelandic style? This cozy cottage...
01/16/2019
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How to “Marie Kondo” your cottage

Marie Kondo is taking Netflix by storm! If you haven't heard of her yet, she's a wiz at helping people...
01/16/2019
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DIY a bathroom organizer!

One constant at the cottage? Toothbrushes! The last thing you want is for toothbrushes to get lost or mixed up!...
01/02/2019
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How to decorate with fresh plants!

Decorating with fresh greenery is a fantastic way to liven up the cottage during the winter months. It looks good...
01/02/2019
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Fun things to do at the cottage in the winter

Is anyone else looking forward to a holiday break at the cottage? We sure are! What's better than curling up...
12/24/2018
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Preparing for Christmas at the Cottage

If you've spent a Christmas at the cottage I'm sure you'll agree that it's more magical and fun! Cottages and...
12/19/2018
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