A Soft GlowAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Canadian Design Firm Muskoka Living makes their American debut in L.A.
“We follow a holistic approach to design and take most of our inspiration from the natural surroundings,” says Cory DeFrancisco, owner of Muskoka Living. “Be it the lake areas of Canada, or the ocean views of the Caribbean, or the ease of a California lifestyle; we like to integrate the surrounding look and feel of nature into our projects.”
It was this approach to design that Muskoka Living applied to their own home when relocating from Canada to Brentwood, California. Their casual yet sophisticated style effortlessly translated in L.A. where comfort now defines luxury.
An active family of four, they needed an expansive, durable home for the kids that also exemplified the firm’s exquisite work while serving as a showroom for their eloquent furniture, lighting and accessory collections. They brought their dream to life by building the entire home from the ground up. “The house generally follows a traditional architectural concept, but with decidedly modern detail: large glazing (windows), small overhangs, thin profile windows and a steel roof,” says DeFrancisco. “We used a combination of washed oak and painted wood paneling to give the sensation of bringing outdoor qualities into the indoor spaces.”
The final result is a serene space with natural lines, soft tones and luxe materials that doubles as a beautiful showroom for the Muskoka Living collections. As DeFrancisco describes, “It has a beautiful aesthetic that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”