CASCADING GREENERY AND WATER AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. A TRULY IDYLLIC SETTING.
PHOTOS : ANTOINE FORTIN
STYLIST : JOSÉE LEMIRE
The owners acquired this house on the shores of Brome Lake 14 years ago. “It’s our secondary residence, but within three or four years, we’d like to make it permanent,” explains the owner. The couple took a year to complete substantial renovations that modernized and enlarged the house. “We have four kids, and we’re hoping for grandchildren, so we renovated the house with that in mind. We love to entertain, and the big meals are always at our house,” she says. The property has now doubled in volume; today, there are five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a huge living area overlooking the swimming pool, designed especially with the grandbabies-to-be in mind. “The pool is heated—perfect for impromptu dips. We decided to paint the bottom of the pool black so it looks as though it’s a continuation of the lake.”
Keeping that cottage spirit was an important consideration for the owners, who worked closely with architect-designer Vincent Boyer. “We wanted the style to be contemporary, with huge windows, but wood and stone remain the essential elements,” the owner recalls. And so those warm, vibrant materials were used both on the façade and inside. A prime example is the majestic ceiling covered in Douglas fir, which crowns the living space in the new wing and contrasts with the concrete floor.
An ethnic-inspired wool wall hanging adds texture. The owner fell in love with the colours and liked the idea of displaying natural fibres on the wall.
The extension floor is concrete, with wood in the upper part of the space. Fine materials in neutral shades—leather, sisal and cotton—lend rustic, laid-back chic to the décor. The furniture features straight and circular shapes, alternating to create a fine visual balance. The streamlined setting invites owners and visitors alike to enter fully into the changing seasons, cradled in the ongoing spectacle of nature.
In the private spaces upstairs, wood plays an equal starring role, but this time, it’s white-painted wood, covering the floor and walls of the master bath. “I love the way the wood adds warmth, texture and brightness,” says the owner. She especially loves the tub, which faces out towards nature … all the better to linger in the bath! A chandelier and black faucets add character to the room. The shower adjacent to the tub, the separate water closet, the twin sinks—everything is here. “It all flows perfectly, and the size is just right—not too big, not too small,” she says.