Name: Cynthia Zamaria and Graham Loughton
Location: Keene — Ontario, Canada
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years, owned
Cynthia possesses an incredible ability to see the potential for a space and then make it come to life. For years she has been exercising her creativity through interior design by transforming her family’s city and country homes. With the support and collaborative efforts of her husband, Graham, the couple have managed to cultivate this cozy family getaway spot in the charming town of Keene, Ontario (about two hours from Toronto).
The home consists of the original small house and a modern addition, both married beautifully by Cynthia’s sense of style. She wanted the home to remain more “farmhouse” in mood and design than “cottage.” Built on a foundation of white, the space feels bright and airy. The use of windows, especially along the east side of the home toward the lake, adds to the openness. And finally, a harmony between outdoor and indoor living is essential and ever present. This is especially apparent in Cynthia’s use of natural elements such as home-grown flowers and foliage as decor throughout the home. Alongside her passion for interior design, she has also begun a floral business.
The most important aspect of the design plan was to take in the magical views over the lake, which can be seen from the home. The couple wanted a casual, organic-feeling interior space that mirrored and respected the natural environment outside — so you’ll see a lot of rough-hewn wood, simple cabinetry, marble, linen and a palette of white with a little grey and green. Decorative elements are sparse but powerful, like the floor-to-ceiling wood wall, the over-sized barn lighting above the kitchen island, or the rotating display of seasonal foliage.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Breezy, cheeky, new traditional.
Inspiration: Joanna Gaines meets Calvin Klein.
Favorite Element: Our wall of wood. It’s nature as art.
Biggest Challenge: Water. We had a real challenge getting our well water balanced. After we finished the addition, we still had too much iron in our system so the first time we took a shower, our pure white tiles turned rusty pink.
What Friends Say: OHH – that’s quite the view.
Biggest Embarrassment: When people call our 100 acres of designated wetland, a swamp. LOL
Proudest DIY: Our little flower farm. We started with nothing but a field and nurtured botanical magic.
Biggest Indulgence: Marble countertops in the kitchen. Everyone told us not to do it. That it wasn’t practical and it would stain. But we said oh well.
Best Advice: You do you. High and low. Treasures and trash. Big box and boutique. DIY and couture. Old and new. When you surround yourself with what you love, it will all go together. And, if it doesn’t, who cares?!
AND, always have flowers.
Ash floor – Revival Flooring
Coffee table – HD Threshing Floor Furniture
Stockholm Sofas (no longer made) – IKEA
Lennox Montecito Estate fireplace – Friendly Fires
Roger Moore print – Indigo
LOHALS rug – IKEA
Black hutch – Kimberly Jackson (no longer in business)
Table and bench – Kimberly Jackson (no longer in business)
Basket – HomeSense
Chairs – antiques (store no longer open)
Gilbert + Burke