In Canada we have a holiday called Victoria Day - It celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria, but, over time has morphed into a BBQing, lake-dipping, sunset-booze-cruising-with-cheeseplate kickoff to summer. The further north you get, the shorter this precious season is, so our May 2-4 (two-four, like a case of beer. The shame!) is a pretty serious national institution.
Naturally this long weekend comes with high weather expectations, and this year was one for the record books. Sunny and 30°C meant we could actually go in the lake, spread ourselves out on the dock to get a little sun, and sleep comfortably, that nagging chill gone from the air.
But it wasn't all fun, games and fig compote.
We had plans to upgrade the dreary grey on the doors and shutters to a bright cobalt blue, something nautical and masculine. Then I looked around. Everything in sight is either blue or green - I figured Mother Nature had given us enough of those colours, so it struck me: red!
Now, let me be clear: I'm no red fan. Accent walls and atrocious middle-American dens with chunky leather sofas, no thanks. But I can get behind something with enough orange in it. We hit up a Rona store en route to the cottage and snagged a gallon of latex enamel in Cheyenne Red (a shade similar to the Canadian flag) and two lovely Muskoka slammers (as they're known). The original plan was to get a pretty classic wooden door - You know the type: spindly and ornate, a large oval cut out of its midsection. Then I saw the "Prairie" design and knew it was perfect. Clean lines, a little Craftsman, and more suited to our 50s-era cottage. And for $89, it was a no-brainer.
I'm thrilled with the results. Now our cottage has a personality, the one with the red doors.