Summer Home

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In the second season of this cottage makeover series, design star, Samantha Pynn, brings her approachable style to the country where she and her design team refresh 13 well-loved but tired spaces.  Sam’s low maintenance designs are innovative, and functional and result in warm sumptuous spaces that are family friendly, summer getaways.

It’s not all work for Sam and her design team…  From canoe trips to bonfires to butter tarts to colourful locals, Summer Home’s fun-loving ensemble cast makes the most of all that cottage country has to offer.

Episode 1 – The Snug

In this episode of Summer Home, designer Karen Sealy heads north to Bracebridge to transform a riverside bunkie. Using a nautical theme, Karen gives cottage-owner Patrice a functional and beautiful space where her family can gather to eat, sleep and play.

Episode 2 – Big Family Kitchen

Designer Karen Sealy travels to Fenelon Falls to give a large family space for cooking and dining. Cleverly re-using 100-year old wood paneling, Karen creates a family dining table and seamlessly blends the old cottage with her new design.

Episode 3 – Lounge Lodge

Designer Karen Sealy helps James and Rollie to bring some colour and flow to their Haliburton Highlands summer home. Karen uses a palette of textured fabrics to soften hard edges and add warmth and personality. Smart re-purposing of upper cabinets transforms a poorly designed kitchen into an efficient space for dining and entertaining.

Episode 4 – Cape Cod Cozy

Designer Karen Sealy heads to Rice Lake to help Rob and Nathalie’ family finish the summer home reno they started. Karen tackles three main areas, the kitchen, living room and girls’ bedroom, working with a Cape Cod inspired design theme.

Episode 5 – Party Pavillion         

Designer Karen Sealy meets Ted and Liz at their Lake Simcoe summer home. They love to entertain but their space isn’t big enough. Karen creates a stunning modern gazebo that combines natural and reclaimed materials to blend in seamlessly with the outdoor environment.

Episode 6 – Great Room

Designer Karen Sealy travels the heart of the Muskokas to meet Pat and Doug at their summer homer in Gravenhurst. Their great room is trapped in the 70s and desperately needs some updating. Karen paints out much of the distracting wood paneling, unifying the space with a relaxed neutral beachside palette and updated furniture.

Episode 7 – Honeymoon Sweet

Designer Karen Sealy meets newlyweds Ella and Alvin, who have just purchased a summer home near Orillia. Their loft-style bedroom and ensuite is a blank slate for Karen to create a honeymoon suite that maximizes the great view. Opening up the space to light and air and creating a stunning bathroom, Karen designs a summer retreat where their relationship can grow.

Episode 8 – The Great Outdoors

Designer Karen Sealy heads out to the Trent-Severn Waterway where high winds and extreme weather have battered Russell and Corinne’s summer home. Their wood siding is worn out and their existing deck is too small and cramped to entertain with friends and family. Karen designs a large multi-leveled deck that dramatically extends the living space. She also replaces the siding with a durable natural product that can withstand the weather extremes.

Episode 9 – Parental Unit

Designer Karen Sealy gives viewers an exclusive look at her own summer home

on Lake Simcoe as she makes over her tiny bunkie. Karen creates a cozy and efficient suite designed specifically for her parents, who are frequent weekend visitors. Inspired by her family’s love of sailing, Karen uses a “down below” design theme and gives this small space a kitchenette, powder room and a surprising amount of clever storage.

Episode 10 – Bungalow on a Budget

Designer Karen Sealy heads to Tiny Township to update Lucie’s tired kitchen and living areas. After three decades of good times, Lucie is selling the summer home and moving on. Karen uses simple, low cost solutions to give this cottage a brighter, more modern look that will appeal to potential buyers of all ages. Using a can of paint and fresh colour palette, Karen ditches the dingy 70s vinyl bar and carpeting to reveal the lovely gem underneath.