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This Scandinavian-Inspired Farmhouse Redefines Ontario Cottage Life

Photographers Raina Kirn and Wilson Barry were in rural Ontario for a magazine photoshoot when they caught the cottage bug. The two friends, who are also business partners, decided to peruse online listings, and eventually settled on Beaver Valley. Tucked at the southern tip of Georgian Bay, the region is dotted with wetland and farms, and is far less busy than nearby Muskoka. The search led them to a family house atop a hill in Eugenia. The interior was seriously dated, with 70s-era dark wood finishes and plenty of cobwebs, but they loved the stone fireplace, and the densely wooded lot was big enough to carve their own hiking trails. It seemed like a quiet escape from city life, so they bought the place in 2016 and began transforming it into a bright, Scandinavian-style farmhouse to share with their two families.

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