An old-school chalet design takes its inspiration from the ski-country location of the model home at MacPherson at Windrose Estates. Post-and-beam detailing alongside traditional furniture makes for an upscale but rustic feel in the 4,000-square-foot space. “I wanted to showcase the home’s most grandiose features – specifically the grand foyer and high ceilings – and still keep the warmth of a ski chalet,” says Michelle Pasquale, interior designer with developer MacPherson Builders. Warm offwhite walls contrast with the dark woods of the post-and-beam accents and tongue-and-groove ceiling details, while the furniture was carefully chosen to “elevate the luxury” of the space. The result, Pasquale says, is “homey. It has the warmth and comfort that we would all associate with a ski chalet,” she adds. Homes at the site range from 2,492 to 4,062 square feet. For most current pricing, please contact the sales office, located at 5 Cranberry Trail E., Collingwood, and open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 705-293-2201 or visit windroseestates.ca for information.
1) “It creates depth and new dimension to the home, and works well with the pieces that I put in there,” Pasquale says of the model’s brushed oak flooring. As well as adding texture to the space, it contrasts with the lighter walls and complements the post-and-beam details.
2) A traditional cream sofa with tufting and rolled arms contrasts against the more rustic elements of the great room, adding to the home’s upscale appeal. It’s paired with two vintage painted wood coffee tables. “They look rustic but maintain that level of luxury,” Pasquale says.
3) “Being up north, you want to bring the outdoor features in,” Pasquale says. The great room’s two-storey fireplace does that, being reflective of local stone formations. Its cultured stone veneer contrasts with the post-and-beam accents, complementing the lighter walls.
4) In the dining room, a 10-foot table creates an “inviting gathering spot for family,” the designer says, while leaving plenty of seating for guests, too. With a reclaimed-wood top and iron legs, it fits the home’s rustic decor, while more traditional chairs add a more formal effect.
5) A tongue-and-groove ceiling extends the post-and-beam style from the great room into the dining space, creating continuity and adding warmth to the room. Pasquale added a hint of whimsy, too, with a brushed-steel antler light fixture, another element hinting at nature.
6) “This area, in the original floor plan, was a deck,” Pasquale says. She converted it into a dining room, though, with extensive windows that let the views become the main attraction. Across from the windows, a large wrought iron clock mounted on the fireplace offers a second focal point.