Step Inside an Interior Designer's Dreamy Lakeside Retreat

Interior designer Anne Hepfer makes it a priority to turn her clients’ homes into their own personal sanctuaries. When the native New Yorker moved to Toronto over 10 years ago to be near her husband, the couple built a weekend getaway in Muskoka, Canada. The quiet area is located right in Ontario’s Muskoka Lakes region and is where Canadians go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life (which is why it’s been dubbed the “Canadian Hamptons”).

Hepfer’s country cottage is her own idea of a personal sanctuary. “I wanted a home with a deep relationship to nature,” Hepfer told House Beautiful. “Every room in the house is oriented toward the lake. In summer, there’s a seamless feel between indoors and out.” And when it comes to the decor, it’s minimalistic and monochrome. To offset the more rustic feel, the designer incorporated exotic touches from her international travels, like a Japanese hand-chiselled teak coffee table and a hand-carved stool from Zimbabwe. To see the rest of Hepfer’s treasures, scroll through to get the full tour, with photos by Don Freeman.

Visit House Beautiful to see more, and be sure to pick up the book Muskoka to learn more about Ontario’s cottage country.

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