July 30, 2012

Take a Peek ~ Anne Sportun’s Haliburton Escape

Even the most avid urban dweller needs a break from the hustle and bustle (and the heat) of downtown in the summer. Luckily in Toronto we are surrounded by amazing cottage country.  And if you’re lucky enough to have a cottage, or know someone who does, there is no better escape from the city than sitting on a breezy Ontario Lake.

Like I’ve mentioned before, my cottage only exists in my head.  So for now, I have to live vicariously through those that have managed to turn the cottage in their head into the cottage of their reality. When I came across this one, I just had to share.  Not only is it a beautiful space in a typical ‘north of Toronto’ setting, but it also belongs to Anne Sportun, a Toronto based jewellery designer.  She has a store in my neighbourhood (Experimental Jewellery at 742 Queen St. West ) and I often admire her work while passing by, so I was pleasantly surprised to get a peek inside her personal hideaway in the woods.

The Sportun family cottage is nestled in the woods on a 10 acre piece of land in a remote part of Haliburton Ontario.  Hesitant to disrupt the natural setting and intimacy with the land, Anne and her family of five spent years living off the grid in two bunkies they built on the property, until one day in 2008 Anne came across a cottage in a magazine that she loved.  The cottage belonged to carpenter/architect Dan Molenaar.  Shortly after, the two joined forces to create the kind of cottage that Anne wanted for her remote 10 acres: rustic, minimal impact on the land, low profile and lots of windows.

This cottage is just the right mix of rustic and contemporary, and with all those great windows, really highlights the surroundings. I wonder if Anne gets some of her inspiration for her organic jewellery designs from the rugged Haliburton landscape?  Wouldn’t it be nice to get an invite to ask her in person…

For now, we’ll have to settle for some pictures! Enjoy!


Image credits: All images by Michael Graydon

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