Along the shores of Lake Joseph in Muskoka is the cottage of the Dovigi family. Nestled among the trees and rocks, this is not your quintessential Muskoka summer home. Open and airy, with clean lines and large windows, the layered textures of the interior add warmth. A carefully curated art collection along with exquisite furniture selections fit perfectly throughout.
The home was designed by Fernanda Dovigi. The intent was to create a home that their extended family and friends could enjoy, no matter the age while at the same time keeping everyone connected regardless of what they were doing. And above all, a house that was directly connected to the woods and lake with great views on all sides.
Fernanda has established a name for herself in the interior design world. According to David Beaton, a leader in the Canadian furniture industry, she is one of the top interior designers in Canada. Raised in Brazil in a family of artists she went to business school specializing in fashion marketing and eventually turned to interior design.
‘This came naturally to me. I am attracted to aesthetics and beautiful things. I love to go to art galleries and design showrooms in New York, Miami or anywhere else, before I start on a project.’ – Fernanda
Growing up in Brazil Fernanda was used to a modern California style interior: open concept plans and lots of natural light. These elements were the starting point for this project. Instead of the more typical rustic cottage aesthetic with its clichés of moose motifs and Muskoka chairs she started from a modern villa principle incorporating contemporary architectural volumes such as expansive glass walls carefully placed on different levels in the landscape.
Transparency rules the interior. Expansive windows contrast with concrete walls to form the backbone while the furniture and flooring provide warmth. Upholstered wall panels in sumptuous fabric are luxuriously cozy in the bedrooms. Comfort is reflected in the furniture elements; each piece has been carefully selected to compliment the interior. In the Great Room a dramatic custom chandelier hangs and glows softly in the evening light.
‘Yes, the house is big, but due to the consistent proportions and the large windows it feels cozy due to direct contact with nature.’ – Fernanda
The main house consists of two main living areas with two kitchens. A long corridor connects the master bedroom, lounge and ensuite bathroom on one side and the children’s bedrooms on the other. There are 2 additional bedrooms downstairs. The boathouse is fully equipped for leisure with a kitchen, bedrooms and lounge areas. The guest house adjacent to the saltwater pool stands as an independent unit while the gym has state of the art equipment.
‘Every room is designed to the smallest detail to radiate luxury. We have only used products from the top brands in their field to furnish the rooms; from the furniture to the beds and the bed sheets. The highlights in my interiors are the artwork I collect from major art centres around the world. The art is the finishing touch to luxury.’ according to Fernanda Dovigi.