When the homeowner of this 3,600-square-foot Canadian weekend getaway near Caledon, Ont., saw the movie Something’s Gotta Give, she was star struck. Not by actors Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson or Canadian cutie Keanu Reeves, but by the sprawling Hamptons beach house movie set that played a starring role. Apparently, the rom-com’s seaside retreat home left quite a few viewers swooning. But for this homeowner, customizing the on-screen dream to suit her property and her outdoorsy family (including her husband and two daughters) was key. “I wanted to achieve the look on the exterior but in a vernacular appropriate to an Ontario country house, which is why “Inside, I wanted that crisp yet comfy aesthetic of the movie, but realized in earthy tones that would reflect the surroundings.”
Detailed traditional millwork-beadboard, raised panels and coffered ceilings – all in white creates the tailored architecture she envisioned. The coziness comes from plush-to-the-touch upholstery, comfy nooks like the kitchen’s bay window banquette and an eclectic mix of furniture that personalizes the home and gives it an evolved-over-time feel. Old-fashioned mullioned windows were left bare to bring the outdoors in. “I didn’t want anything competing with the stunning view,” she says of the 45 acres of meadows, forest and rolling hills. “I didn’t even want the colour palette to conflict with it.” She chose natural earth tones, dark woods and rich fabrics to warm the white walls and balance the expansive windows.
“You want things to be easy in a country house.” And though it may not have been easy to create, she made it look as effortless as it does on the silver screen.