Kingsmere Project Reveal


Last year, we were contacted by a couple who were looking to revamp the main living room in their home amongst the trees in lush Gatineau Park. Set back from the winding road, and backing onto a lake, the home almost feels like a rental cabin - somewhere you’d take your family for a week in the summer to get away from the cars, noise, and cell reception of the city.

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That being said, this house is actually only twenty minutes from downtown Ottawa, and serves as the full-time home for a family of four (five if you count their burly Bernese Mountain Dog), so  campy cottage decor was out. We set out to create a space that felt woodsy and rustic, but still modern and stylish.

The only existing furniture piece we were asked to work with was a recently purchased simple box frame coffee table with a natural wooden top, which served as the perfect launch pad for a modern-rustic aesthetic. We pulled the warm wood tone into the room with the wool/jute combo rug from West Elm and a funky wood base table lamp from Wayfair. The boxy clean lines are repeated in the cozy twin club chairs from CB2 and the shades of a one-of-a-kind artisanal floor lamp.


We considered our options for repainting the space but ultimately decided that the deep blue-grey tone of the existing accent wall added dimension and drama to the space in a way that would work with the overall design vision. Similarly, we thought about trying to sell the clients on painting out the raw wood window and doorway trim, but decided to leave it be and balance it out with a cognac leather chair from Pottery Barn. As it turns out, these pops of warm, earthy colour are some of our favourite details in the room.

We kept the room current and fresh by layering in some geometric pattern via the ottomans (CB2), cushions (Tonic Living), curtain panels (West Elm), and some structural table top decor. Hits of indigo were added to the mix which deliver some visual interest and contrast. The woodsy surroundings were referenced with a striking oversized print that really pops against the dark accent wall, and some fresh blossoming branches and  faux pussy willow stems - which add all the texture and three-dimensional goodness of flowers without being too feminine or precious.



Last but not least, we swapped out some less-than-glorious 90s seashell sconces for two industrial inspired fixtures custom made for us by Lumiere Authentik in Bromont, Quebec. We love these lights because they’re both a perfect fit in the space, and a quiet ode to the home’s location in la belle province.

Our days spent working on this home in the park felt like mini escapes from the hectic day-to-day pace of city life, and we wanted this room to reflect that. There’s nothing too fancy or flashy in the space, but it still feels polished and pulled together. It’s the perfect example of how - like life in the woods sometimes less is just enough.


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  1. Couch - EQ3
  2. Chairs - CB2
  3. Martini table - West Elm
  4. Marble side table - Structube
  5. Rug - West Elm
  6. Ottomans -CB2
  7. Curtains - West Elm
  8. Sconces - Lumiere Authentik
  9. Table lamp - Wayfair
  10. Print - LD Shoppe
  11. Pillows - Tonic Living
  12. Recliner - Pottery Barn
  13. Blooming branches - Bloomfield’s