forest house


“The chlorophyll is strong in these parts. Surrounded by trees — though Georgian Bay is five minutes away — this quiet bombshell that sleeps six was recently designed by: a boutique studio for short-term rental owners that offers interior design services and more. In the guest room, twin metal beds, fun wall lighting and round velvet pillows are playful flourishes.”


In a typical residential setting, a Calacatta Paonazzo countertop and backsplash might seem like a risky choice. But the surface is just the right amount of overpowering for a vacation rental (there’s more room to get creative when you don’t have to live with a loud material day in and day out). “We put a lot of budget toward making the kitchen into a showstopping space to try to get clientele to come in,” says Autumn Hachey, founder and creative director of Stay Here, a boutique studio that offers branding, marketing, and interior design to short-term rental owners. The dynamic mixture of green and gold veining plays out in her latest project in Balm Beach, Ontario—except the surface only looks like real marble. It’s actually a thick slab of printed porcelain.

BEACH house

Everything You Need to Know About Soapstone Sinks in the Kitchen

A soapstone sink makes a statement in the kitchen or in the bath. This natural stone has been used since the 1800s to make sinks and countertops, most notably in laboratories because of its unique properties—it’s not affected by chemicals, acids, or temperature.

O Canada: Mjölk's Renovated Scandi-Style Cabin on a Lake

“Above: The faucet is an unlacquered brass faucet from American Standard. Ingegerd Råman baskets for Ikea fit over plates and bowls to keep bugs away from food—and add a decorative element when hung on the wall.”