The Boathouse

Photographs by Jessica Rose

Former mayor Larry O’Brien and his wife, Colleen McBride-O’Brien, get cosy in their bedroom at their cottage, which they call “The Boathouse.”

The bedroom is an intimate space, one that says a lot about the people who sleep there. Take a peek at Larry O’Brien’s

It was an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in late April when Style visited Colleen McBride-O’Brien and her husband, former Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien. Their cottage is on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the historic and picturesque town of Brockville.

The cottage itself, or “The Boathouse,” as it is affectionately named by the owners, is cleverly hidden behind a wooden enclosure that leads to an inner courtyard, filled with outdoor furniture and perfect for quiet contemplation.

At the end of the courtyard, handcrafted mahogany front doors lead to the cottage. Inside? Overwhelming views of the river. Water, water everywhere — thanks to an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, which run the width of the cottage.

The renovated “boathouse” features a nautical theme that is skilfully incorporated into the architecture and repeated in the decor. The quality and details of the finishes are impeccable.

The furniture is eclectic and marries contemporary elements with conventional aspects.

The room we were most interested in was the main-floor master bedroom, where the St. Lawrence is once again in view. While not large in the context of the expansive, multi-level cottage, the bedroom occupies the structure’s left side. Large glass patio doors open up to a deck that wraps around the main floor. The space is cosy and conveys a feeling of intimacy — just like the couple, and their dog, Remi, who occupy it.

Makeup by Leslie-Anne Barrett
Jewelry by Osolee

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