Lakeside Cottage

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The lakeside cottage of Mjölk owners, John and Juli Baker is located in Ontario overlooking Lake Huron. Having carried out most of the renovation and interior design work themselves, the Bakers’ holiday home reflects the aesthetic found throughout their shop, gallery, and publishing projects: pared down, functional, timeless design — primarily Scandinavian and Japanese — which embraces nature. The couple stripped back the home and removed the drop ceiling before painting the walls and floor white, for a fresh, open feeling. They kept the original stone fireplace as the centrepiece of the living room, and surrounded it with a combination of flea market finds and design classics including black AJ Wall Sconces by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen; birch shelves by Alvar Aalto for Artek; and a vintage Pernilla lounge chair by Bruno Mathsson.

The kitchen, designed by John Baker and built by Studio Junction, includes custom-built cabinetry and shelving in Carolina pine; a soapstone sink with a double drying rack; and brass details throughout including hanging rods, taps, and accessories. White PH pendant lamps hang in the dining area above vintage blue Danish chairs by Jorgen Baekmark; and by Studioilse for De La Espada, Together Extending Table, Bench and Settle. The high back of the latter acts as an elegant room divider between the kitchen and living room.

The master bedroom features Companions Bed by Studioilse, above which Shaker peg rails circle the walls to provide hanging storage for key items.

Photo credit: Juli Daoust Baker

Featured Products

Part of Studioilse's Seating for Eating collective, Bench is reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Optional brown or black leather pad softens the seating area. Furniture that you can sit on together, but that still leaves room for the individual. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

Part of Studioilse's Seating for Eating collective, Settle is reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Optional brown or black leather pad softens the seating area. Furniture that you can sit on together, but that still leaves room for the individual. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

Joining the family of Seating for Eating, is Together Extending Table. Rounded ends act as drop leaves, creating a rectangular table when locked underneath. The rounded ends invite people to move up and get snug. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

The Companions family of furniture is designed to support daily life. Companions Bed, made from solid wood, is reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.