the winter retreat canvas style

A friend of mine from childhood used to invite me up to her cottage in Muskoka in the summers. I have such fond memories (and sneaking-around-with-boys-and-beer-in-boats memories if we are to be totally honest here) of teenage summer days spent at her amazing cottage. What a treat it was to be a guest in this ultra special place. She now lives in chilly Calgary and once commented that al my beachy light white posts make her long for the sun and warmth.  So here is a wintery take on canvas interiors style just for her. This one's for you Leslie !  

Put on some cozies, make a cup of tea and enjoy the wintery wonder of 
white in a rustic setting. 

Rustic stone fireplace, comfy sofas and natural tones make this Muskoka room super cozy. 
Symmetry and clean lines keep it from feeling fussy. 

Lots of natural light a few darker accent anchors make these white sofas grounded and inviting

White and antiques (the marble desktop is from an old bakery) 
create winter ambiance

I know we've all seen Aerin Lauder's Aspen home but what post about a cozy white winter retreat would be complete without at least one image from this amazing home. 

A Muskoka bedroom feels inviting and warm with white fuzzy rugs and simple white bed

A tailored daybed mixed with antique finds and white slipcovered chairs 
makes this room sophisticated rather than cliche cabin

Cheeky accents look like art against a white backdrop

Candles and  mix-and-max chairs make this winter white table work.

Flea market finds and fresh white sheets 
keep a cottage bedroom from looking too cottage-y

Layers of white and cream in cotton and wool make for a cozy nest

And last but not least a Vail mountain home done with neutral colors and clean lines.  
Not to mention the canoe with Canadian flag hanging from the ceiling.  
What an appropriate way to close a post that started with Muskoka memories.

I hope this inspires you to add a little light and white to your winter decor. 

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