Doing what you love doesn’t mean that it will always be perfect, nor that some difficulties will never cross your path. But when you love what you do, you have a certainty in your heart that you’re doing the right thing because when you look deep inside, it feels right.
Creating the “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series has allowed me to share not only inspiring interiors, but also inspiring stories and I am happy to have Pamela of pamela.saumure on the blog today. In fact, I was just talking to Pamela and I thanked her not only for all of the hard work she put into this feature, but especially for truly capturing the essence of this series. This is a space where I want you, the Home Bunch readers, to get to know the homeowner, how they live, how they decorate. It’s an opportunity for us to learn from real people – people like you and me – people that share the same passion for interior design and most importantly, the same goal of creating a happier home. Real people are not looking into creating a home that is perfect, one that looks pretty but feels cold on the inside, and I am a big believer that this series is so unique and original because it showcases homes of people that have a warm heart and create a home equally warm, where not only beautiful decor exists, but where real love grows… Pamela’s home is a good example of that.
“Hello friends, my name is Pam from @pamela.saumure.
I can’t express to you how grateful and excited I am to be contributing to this inspiring series. To have our home featured alongside other homes that belong to some of my favourite Instagram accounts is truly a huge honour. I can not thank Luciane enough for this amazing HomeBunch series that not only inspires me, but also inspires so many others with every article she writes.
My husband Chris and I grew up in rival towns about 15 minutes away from each other. We’ve been married for 28 years and have three grown daughters and a golden retriever. We’ve always lived in the area but closer to “his“ town. Building or renovating is not new to us, as Chris grew up in the construction industry. His father began a home building business almost 40 years ago, and now Chris is Vice President of the company which now focuses on commercial development along with our own property development.
In late 2016, we became empty-nesters and it was time to sell our “farmhouse“ style home that we built about 15 years ago and downsize. I had reservations about selling our home that we raised our daughters in and struggled about where would we would move to or what style of house we would build. We had always considered living on the water but finding waterfront property that was “perfect” and affordable is almost impossible, so when the opportunity to purchase this current property with an old cottage on it came up, located on the Big Rideau Lake, in a little village with lots of heart, we jumped at the chance. So, we had the property, now we just needed a style of home to build.
I spent hours looking at all of the homes on the HomeBunch website. I was so inspired by the talent and beauty of so many and fortunately was able to take bits and pieces from each home I loved and give it to our company’s draftsperson, and have him design our own home. I enlisted the help of my best friend Michelle, along with Maire of Elizabeth Interiors, a local interior designer, and her assistant Terri.
I have transitioned from a modern farmhouse look that I had previously designed in our other homes to a traditional lake home look, with a bit of a French feel on the inside that inspired me after several trips to France.
I am pleased to give you a virtual tour of our home.”
Our home is located on a flat waterfront lot at the end of a quiet road on a point. We are surrounded by water and are fortunate enough to enjoy a peaceful lake view from every window in our home.
This is Pamela and her beautiful Golden Retriever. Pamela is a wonderful person and I am so happy to have her on the blog today! 🙂
You might recognize her porch, recently featured on Home Bunch‘s 2018 Fall Decorating Ideas post.
What an entrance! Notice the arched ceiling, the arched front doors, and of course, that lake view!
Door manufacturer and colour: Lepage Millwork stained in “Coffee”.
Outdoor light: Hinkley
We wanted our home to have a warm, elegant and welcoming feel without it being too formal or “stuffy”.
Ceiling colour: Benjamin Moore HC 171-Wickham Grey
Wall colour: Benjamin Moore OC 11 Clay Beige – Keep this beautiful neutral paint color in mind for future reference! This one deserves a pin! 🙂
Mirror above console: Ren-Wil
An archway opens to the living room and frames the lake view.
Our kitchen is the heart of our home. Located on the east side of the of the house, the kitchen enables us to enjoy our breakfast with sunlight streaming in the windows, and the afternoons bring an abundance of natural sunlight.
Utensil Crock: Here.
The 5’ x 8’ island is a perfect size for prepping, dining or entertaining around. It contains a Fisher Paykeldouble drawer dishwasher fitted with custom panels, a fireclay undermount prep sink from Franke and special fittings in drawers to allow for adequate storage.
Faucet: Perrin and Rowe.
Backsplash is Statuary Classique from MSI Stone.
Pot filler: Perrin and Rowe, polished nickel.
Range is Lacanche Savigny. The Lacanche matte black Savigny model was purchased through the French Barn and was an absolute must to our kitchen.
Cabinet colour: Benjamin Moore OC-117 Simply White.
Dishwasher is a Bosch fitted with custom panel.
Along with a Lacanche range, another must for our kitchen was a tongue and groove ceiling, to give the kitchen a country feel.
Ceiling colour: C2 paint -251 Argyle.
Counterstools are from Restoration Hardware – similar here.
(Always check dimensions before ordering. 🙂 )
The kitchen pantry features custom cabinets, painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White, beadboard backsplash and blue plank ceiling.
The pantry hardware is from House of Antique Hardware.
The kitchen opens to a beautiful dining room. Paint colour is Benjamin Moore OC-24 Winds Breath.
Dining chairs: Korson (local company) – similar here.
Wall art – Celadon
Chandelier: Feiss 6-light chandelier.
A custom cabinet provides display room for the homeowners’ white collectables.
Hutch Colour: Benjamin Moore – Natural Cream OC 14
Hutch: Volkcraft Cabinets
Host Chairs: Robert Allen upholstery.
We utilize our living room primarily for entertaining during the cold winter months, as it still offers a beautiful lakeside view, while maintaining a cozy feel.
Wall art – Celadon
Ceiling and trim colour: Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Wall colour: Benjamin Moore OC-24 Winds Breath
Anchoring the room is the cast stone fireplace surround from Multi-Cast Design Inc.
Draperies: Robert Allen drapery fabric.
Drapery hardware: Alendel.
Spindle chair: Wayfair upholstered with Robert Allen fabric.
The classic herringbone tile design is always in style and effortlessly adds a romantic touch to the floor.
London Console Sink from Crosswater – similar here.
Wallpaper: York Wall Coverings
Bathroom Faucet: Here.
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Clay Beige OC-11
Roman shades: Maxwell Fabrics
Wall mirror: Korson
Wall paneling painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Stair lighting is Hinkley.
Stair runner: Elte
This guest bedroom features an inspiring color scheme of soft greys, blue and white.
Bench: Sunpan Modern.
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore -OC 56 Moonshine
Light fixture: Hinkley.
Lamps: Ren Wil
Paint – Benjamin Moore Slip AF 605
Drapery and hardware- Alendel Fabrics Ltd
Bedding and throw: Designer Guild
Wall art: Ren Wil
In the main bathroom, the lovely freestanding soaker tub is anchored by the heated, chevron-pattern tiled floors.
Cabinet colour: Benjamin Moore -2122-40 Smoke
Wall colour: Benjamin Moore OC-27 Balboa Mist
Ceiling colour: Benjamin Moore HC-171 Wickham Grey
Tile: Sarana Tile
Chandelier and sconces: Feiss
Countertop: MSI quartz, Blanca Statuarietto
Window blinds: Altex
Mirrors: Ren Wil
Heated towel warmer: Amba
The master bedroom has its own balcony that offers a stunning view of the lake.
The tongue and groove cathedral ceiling adds height to the room, while the windows fill it with natural light, creating a relaxing vibe.
Night tables: Wayfair
Lamps and Print: Ren Wil
Drapery and hardware: Alendel Fabrics Ltd.
Similar Faux Fur Runner: Here.
Wall colour: Benjamin Moore HC-171 Wickham Grey
Dresser: HomeSense Canada
Chair: Tribeca by Korson
The wall colour from the master suite continues into the master bath, where there’s a striking shower area. The small mosaic floor tiles with the soft curve of the shower wall effectively work to enhance the spa effect. The multiple shower heads and jets create an exhilarating and relaxing shower experience.
Shower: Calacatta porcelain – Euro tile and stone
Floor and wall tiles: Euro Stone
Cabinets: Benjamin Moore simply white
Doorknobs are from Emtek, Assa Abloy.
Custom cabinets from Alaska Wood Industries – Colour: Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Light fixture: Wayfair
The sunroom lets us not only enjoy the stunning lake views surrounding the room, but also the afternoon sunshine and the gorgeous evening sunsets. We designed this room to have a light, casual feel with a comfortable sectional sofa and chaise lounge (from Perri Fine Furniture.)
Cushions: Robert Allen
Wall colour: Benjamin Moore Simply White
The high vaulted ceilings allowed for a full height traditional heritage stone fireplace. The mantle was salvaged and restored from the original cottage on the property. The white shiplap walls lend nicely to the cottage feel.
Wicker chair: Wayfair, cushion-Maxwell Fabrics
Fan: Monte Carlo
The old-world look tile floor is from Preston Hardware.
The custom built-in mudroom cabinets are spacious enough to hold shoes, jackets and miscellaneous cleaning supplies.
Cabinet colour: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Polished Nickel Light: Hicks Pendant
Herringbone tile: Euro Tile and Stone.
Bench: Artage International, Robert Allen fabric
What a dreamy lake house!
Loveseat and chairs: Country Living from Sears Canada – similar here.
Loveseat cushions: Pier 1.
The exterior cedar shake colour is Bar Harbor Blue from Maibec and the stone is a mix of Prestige Ledgestone and Natural Blend from Brampton Brick.
Dining set: Pier 1 Canada
The windows are from KV Windows.
We take full advantage of stunning views and spacious outdoor area by frequently entertaining at our lakeside dining table. The ever-changing sunset views are magnificent, and make every night a treat.
Dishes: Kate Spade
Placemats: Ikea Canada
Our boathouse is home to all of our lake toys, while complimenting the architectural design of the main house.
This home is truly a place where you really don’t want to leave…
I would like to thank Luciane once again for this wonderful and exciting opportunity to be featured on her blog. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to tour our home, and hope it inspired you the way I have been constantly inspired by HomeBunch.
Thank you for shopping through Home Bunch. I would be happy to assist you if you have any questions or are looking for something in particular. Feel free to contact me and always make sure to check dimensions before ordering. Happy shopping!
If I am wrong, right me. If I am lost, guide me. If I start to give-up, keep me going.
Lead me in Light and Love”.
Have a wonderful day, my friends and we’ll talk again tomorrow.”
Luciane from HomeBunch.com
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