OBJEKT South Africa|January/February/March 2020
Renee and Ken Metrick were used to working seven days a week in their retail business in the Canadian Town of Toronto. If not travelling they were at their home base. Never thinking they were cottage people. But when that bug hit, it was the beginning of a new life surrounded by serenity and nature at the border of Lake Joseph, Muskoka. They asked architect Kelly Buffey of Akb Architects to realise their dream cottage.

Renee and Ken Metrick, made their names with Elte, the successful interior business from the Toronto started by Ken’s grandfather in 1919. Furnishing and rugs are their specialty with an extension with Elte Mkt, an affordable luxury line and their bathroom and kitchen brand: Ginger’s.

Their sons Andrew and Jamie have been working alongside their parents for year and have gradually taken over the business, so they could spend time out of the city.

Visiting friends at their cottages was an eye-opener: it was like heaven and the beginning of a cottage adventure with no way back. They found a location at Muskoka’s Lake Joseph, a two hours drive from the city where a whole new live started.

Renee and Ken: “We decide to built something where we not only could enjoy the trees, the lake and the nature, but also the serenity of the interior. We wanted a cottage that would blend in into the environment but also a cosy home that makes you feel happy”


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January/February/March 2020