Yesterday we featured the ‘before and after’ of Don & Patti Darling’s MAIN Cottage (if you missed it – click here.) After purchasing and renovating their main cottage,the Darling family turned their attention to building a second cabin for their guests.

‘Bunkie’ is a friendly A-frame structure with a personality all its own. As purposed guest quarters, Bunkie had to be welcoming and, most of all, fun! After the construction phase was all but completed, the Darlings invited Punch Inside to take creative liberty with the interiors.  The warm neutral backdrop of the wood walls and floor allowed us considerable range when it came to colour and whimsical accessorizing. Take a look!

And be sure to take part in our ‘Share-to-Win’ contest! It’s simple.  Just share this blog post through social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and your name goes in for a draw for these two (2) Jasmine OH! chairs designed by Karim Rashid for Umbra courtesy of TUCK STUDIO. Draw to take place on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at noon! As you scroll through the ‘after’ photography below you’ll see these chairs ‘in action’ (only in Surf Blue!)

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The Darlings built Bunkie from the ground up, an A-Frame structure that can sleep 6+ people. The cottage doesn’t have running water but has a composting toilet and a small kitchen area with electricity so guests can enjoy a morning coffee or a cold beer.


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All ‘after’ photography by Kelly Lawson, with thanks.


Meet Bunkie

“Bunkie” is now a charming retreat for guests and a quiet getaway for Don & Patti to escape the kids in the other cottage across the yard. Fresh and modern with a hint of rustic and a whole lot of personality!

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The high gloss white cabinets and shelves are from Ikea offer a modern contrast to all of the natural wood in the space. Sudbury dining table by Gus* Modern, OH Chairs by Umbra. In the adjacent living room is the Jane bisectional from Gus* Modern and the Hub coffee table from Umbra. Ceramics on the dining table and coffee table by Darren Emenau.  All furniture through Tuck Studio.

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The kitchen area has a touch of retro flair with turquoise chairs from Umbra, a green shag mat from Chilewich, and some nostalgic kitchen accessories. These plastic OH Chairs can be stacked and taken outside on the patio for ultimate versatility. Furniture and rug through Tuck Studio. Artwork by Suzanne Hill.

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The fun feature wall was a great place to integrate quirky accessories, greenery, and artwork. The Shadow Wall clock and Cubist Shelves are from Umbra and the artwork is a vibrant yellow silkscreen print by Carto Collective of the nearby city of Saint John where the Darlings live. The sofa and chair are both from the Jane series by Gus* Modern and the coffee and end table are from the Hub Collection by Umbra. Furniture, shelves, and clock through Tuck Studio.  Cushions belonged to the Darlings.

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If the inside of the cottage isn’t eye-catching enough, check out the view!  (Pendant by Tuck Studio.)

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The ceramics featuring illustrations of whimsical animals were made by Darren Emenau whose studio is less than a mile down the road of the Darling’s cottage.

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A silkscreen print by Far Sky Map Works shows some provincial pride and a lemonade dispenser is a fun pop of yellow.

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We integrated lots of plants in order to bring the outside in.

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The steps up to the two upper beds double as storage and a simple rope banister adds a nautical touch.

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One of the three double beds in Bunkie featuring a Llama cushion by Saint John’s own Wally and Roops.

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Looking out from the top of the stairs guests see both the stunning view and the retro sputnik-style feature light. Lighting through Tuck Studio.

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View from the top! Rugs by Chilewich, sofa, chair, and dining table by Gus* Modern, coffee table and end table, and dining chairs by Umbra. Furniture and rugs through Tuck Studio.

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The fun continues onto the patio. These bright Haus planters and modern Cozi chair from Twist are as beautiful as they are durable. Available through Tuck Studio.

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After Photography: Kelly Lawson
Electrical: Duncan’s Electrical 

View the full photo gallery here:


Fall is fast approaching and we need to make room in the Studio for some new items so we are having an END OF SUMMER FLOOR MODEL SALE! Almost all pieces are at least 45% off, most are 50% off and a few are 70%-80% off!  INCREDIBLE SAVINGS.

The sale starts Wednesday (August 27th, at 9:00 am – you can call in by phone – 506.642.9692)

Actual Studio Hours are 12-5 (Wed, Thurs, Friday and Saturday – 12-4) NOTE:  We aren’t taking any holds but you are welcome to call in to pay (506.642.9692) and come pick it up later. Please email if you have questions.

All purchases must be picked up by Saturday at 4:00 pm, August 29th, 2015.  which is when the sale ends!


Gus* Modern Atwood Sofa in Berkeley Coral

This sofa was the star of our Spring/Summer collection and we will miss it! Sophisticated, modern, and fun  – this sofa is an amazing statement piece, and incredibly comfortable!

Original Price: $2150
Sale Price: $1182.50



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Gus* Modern Spanner Lounge Chair in Birch and Black

Originally created in 1950 by Russell Spanner, the Lounge Chair has become a classic of Canadian Mid-Century Modern furniture design. Out of production for more than 50 years, Gus* worked in collaboration with the Spanner family to revive this iconic chair.

Original Price: $995
Sale Price: $548

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Crystal Chair in Black Transparent

This chair is made entirely of black transparent resin and has a cut-out tree design. A great statement piece at a great price!

Original Price: $325
Sale Price: $179

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Here you can view it in scale!


Trinity Chair in Black

The modern lines of the unique Trinity chair are sure to make a statement in your home!

Original Price: $166
Sale Price: $92



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Here you can see it in white and the beautiful form on the back!


Catrine Dining Table

This stunning table is made of solid Carrera marble and has gorgeous gold brushed legs. Just imagine this show-stopper in your dining room!  (This was our favourite piece from the Spring Collection!)

Original Price: $3738
Sale Price: $2056



Gaultier Coffee Table

The handsome and classy Gaultier coffee table is made of high polished black stainless steel.

Original Price: $1460
Sale Price: $803


Once again, you can see the coffee table in scale in the picture below.



Caza Pendant Light

This modern-retro light looks amazing lit up and would make a unique feature light that you can bet none of your neighbours will have!  Has to be seen in person to be appreciated!

Original Price: $748
Sale Price: $411

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Yves Pendant Light (now discontinued in the Amber)

The Yves Pendant is a sputnik style light that gives off a beautiful amber light. This light has been discontinued in this colour so this may be your last chance to have one!

Original Price: $725
Sale Price: $399



Glass Bubble Light

This glass bubble light with a brown cord and a filament bulb (sold separately), makes a great rustic industrial accent!

Original Price: $208
Sale Price: $114




Areaware Banana Bowl by Harry Allen

This unique bowl is cast from a real bunch of Bananas, definitely a conversation piece! It is still brand new in the box and has never been opened!

Original Price: $168
Sale Price: $118



ICOSA light by Areaware

This light is made of a felt-like material that adds coziness to it’s modern geometric shape!





The Petite Trian from Artecnica

This light is full of character and is made of Tyvek so it’s super easy to clean!




Black and Gold Coral Lights 

We have one of each of these iconic lights. They are matte black on the outside and a textured gold interior. They look great alone or as a group!

Original Price: $126
Sale Price: $70 each


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White and Gold Coral Lamp

This is the last one of these beauties!

Original Price: $126
Sale Price: $70


Black and Caramel Resin Chairs

Sturdy and stylish these chairs have a matte black seat and legs with a very cool amber back.

Original Price: $150 each
Sale Price: $82 each




Vapour Chair

This acrylic arm chair is a great way to make your space feel ultra-modern. It also adds seating without adding visual weight to a room!

Original Price: $299
Sale Price: $164

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Flamma  Votive Stakes

Our last of the decorative summer pieces!

These oversized glass orbs create a magical glow when lit with a votive candle. Stake them along a pathway to create a romantic walkway or in planters to set the mood in an outdoor seating area. They are best used with sand to create an even surface for the candle. Two sizes 6″dia with 24″stake, 8″dia with 36″stake.

Original Price Large:  $53
Sale Price:  $28 Only 2 left!


Original Price Small:  $28
Sale Price:  $14 Only 1 left!



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A BEFORE & AFTER MAKEOVER: This Darling Cottage is now perfect for summer fun! And a ‘Share-to-Win’ Contest!

Last summer Don & Patti Darling purchased this land and cottage on the Saint John River in Oak Point, New Brunswick. They loved the location and the charm of existing cottage but they knew it needed some TLC in order for this family of five (three grown children) and their dog Gus* (yes! Inspired by the Canadian furniture company!) to take full advantage of its charms. They hired our design firm, PUNCH INSIDE, to visit, and together we designed new interiors for this cottage.

The Darlings didn’t want to go overboard on spending; they wanted to restrict the changes to the cosmetic where possible and encouraged us to be creative in our fiscal responsibility!

Note: be sure to check out tomorrow’s post as we highlight the Darling’s second cottage, ‘BUNKIE’ – yes, there are two! (see a sneak peek at the end of this post!)

And be sure to take part in our ‘Share-to-Win’ contest! It’s simple.  Just share this blog post through social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and your name goes in for a draw for this gorgeous ceramic from Darren Emenau, courtesy of TUCK STUDIO. Draw to take place at noon September 2nd, 2015.  As you scroll through the ‘after’ photography below see if you can spot all three pieces of Darren’s one-of-a-kind ceramics.

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Although this cottage was quaint it was clear that the space was ready for some contemporary upgrades.

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The bones of the space were fine: the hardwood floors were in terrific shape and there was a lot of natural light.
The space between the kitchen/dining area and the living room provided no strong views of the river.
Our design team came back with the following recommendations:
-Take out the wall between the existing dining area and the living room.
-Open the ceiling to create warmth and drama in the living room.
-Paint everything Benjamin Moore CC-30 Oxford white
-Upcycle any salvageable furnishings and decorative items left behind by the previous owners.

Thank you to Kelly Lawson for all the ‘after’ photography below:


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The most dramatic feature of this space is the removal of the previous wall. With the wall between these two rooms now down, the cottage boasts natural light all the way through to the back dining wall. By editing the clutter from this space, the large dining table now allows for family gatherings with a view of the river. Notable changes include the addition of reclaimed wood from almost a century ago (from a house further down the Saint John River). The inclusion of this dramatic feature wall, accented with Benjamin Moore Overcoat cc 544 on the doors and trim, adds a rustic warmth to the space. Table: Wicker Emporium; Chairs and Light (Tuck Studio.)
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We decided to design a feature wall in the living room space, which ended up being a hybrid of IKEA shelves mixed with a contractor-built base to house the shelving.   Reclaimed objects left behind in the sale such as the wicker chair and the oars add for perfect cottage décor.  We reupholstered the seat cushion!

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The view looking into the dining area from the living room shows the complementary mixing of modern with rustic. Although the chairs, table and light are modern, the accent pieces, such as the snowshoes, the reclaimed wood and the antique bureau, make for a lively yet relaxing atmosphere.
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Comfort is key when relaxing at the cottage. This required a comfortable and functional sofa for this family of five. We chose the Gus* Modern Adelaide Sectional to help foster napping and reading! The coffee table belonged to Don & Patti. We simply had them paint the base to give it a more modern aesthetic.   The Pendant light (Tuck Studio) helps accentuate the newly exposed ceiling and height.
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As mentioned the feature wall now houses board games, summer reading, and a TV. An IKEA hack of sorts, we built a custom ‘look and feel’ around some key IKEA wardrobe and shelving pieces. We added some more of the reclaimed wood to complement the same in the dining area. Chopped wood is always a staple in cottage décor! The two chairs in this space were reupholstered to complete the summer feel.
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The all-white palette allow for the warmth of the woods, greys and pops of colour to create a calm and relaxing space for this family as they look out on to the Saint John River. Fish Sculpture by Alana Baird. Cushions by Wally and Roops and Simons MaisonGus* Modern Adelaide Sectional. Light and Gus* Modern Adelaide Sectional through Tuck Studio.
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Patti wanted a space in which to create! With the addition of a few staple IKEA pieces and a repainted black chair for contrast, she now paints with a view of the river for inspiration.
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The kitchen essentially stayed the same for now with the exception of a new countertop, sink, faucet and light (Tuck Studio), along with some judicious editing. An early primitive rug was left behind and now finds a home in the kitchen space.
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Detail: An antique dresser gets a new life with the reclaimed wood on the feature wall.   Ceramic by Darren Emenau (local ceramist who has a studio less than a mile down the road) and pottery coffee cups creates warmth.
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Detail: The family dining enjoys playful and organic settings on its table. Featured: Every day tableware (Mudware from 18Karat); Fish paper napkin, IKEA; ‘Travel Story’ paper napkins, faux wood utensils and nautical placemats all from Simons Maison.


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It would have been tempting to scrap some of the original pieces of furniture that were left behind in the sale, but we strove to upcycle and recycle where possible. The frame and history on this piece was in great shape. It just required some TLC via reupholstering and a decorative cushion!
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Afflicted with a fabric likely chosen several decades ago, we really wanted to give this handsome chair back its dignity by giving it a mini makeover! With some new forms and durable reupholstered fabric we think this chair continues to belong in its home.
Top left (clockwise): Detail: Darren Emenau ceramic; Alana Baird tin fish; ‘Free’ pillow from Simons Maison; chopped wood nature’s best decorative item; Shayk light from Tuck Studio, old historic map of the Saint John River, antique birdseed container.
After Photography: Kelly Lawson
Electrical: Duncan’s Electrical 

View full photo gallery here:

Remember that second cottage we mentioned earlier?  Be sure to check out our post tomorrow, for Part Two!

Meet BUNKIE on the blog tomorrow


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