Perhaps because of the long, cold winters, summer cottages have special meaning in Canada. HGTV Canada created the show "Sarah's Cottage," which features designer Sarah Richardson's cottage renovations. Once her husband's off-the-grid bachelor shack, the island cottage gets turned into a family vacation home with room for guests. Click through for more info and a mini-tour of Sarah Richardson's cottage...
Sarah Richardson' cottage is on an island 17 miles off shore. The island includes a secluded "Bunkie" guest house (smaller than the main cottage), which she also redecorates on the show. Sarah Richardson recommends "keeping it country" at the cottage: "Remember why you bought a country home in the first place and resist the temptation to make everything too perfect, slick, new and crisp. What I love best about old houses is their quirks, creaks and signs of age."
What do you think of Sarah Richardson's cottage decor?
• Sarah Richardson's website
• Cottage Advice from Sarah Richardson on HGTV Canada
• If you're in Canada, you can watch the show on HGTV Canada's website