At the Sugar Shack

 

The ambiance at the sugar shack pulls at our heartstrings and brings us back to our roots, almost as if everyone present was part of one big family. It’s a great feeling, so why not re-create that feeling in our homes or cottages when March comes around?

Photo credit © [Sarah Hogan] / [Emily Henson] [emilyhensonstudio.com]
 
Photo credit © [Sarah Hogan] / [Emily Henson] [emilyhensonstudio.com]

Maple season is something that's quintessentially Canadian. When March rolls around, I think most Canadians can agree on immediately feeling a certain sense of belonging upon walking into a sugar shack. It’s a feeling similar to the one we get when arriving home after a long trip.

The ambiance at the sugar shack pulls at our heartstrings and brings us back to our roots, almost as if everyone present was part of one big family. It’s a great feeling, so why not re-create that feeling in our homes or cottages when March comes around?

Whether you want to throw a sugar shack-themed dinner party or you just want to infuse your home with maple season joy, there are many ways to bring accents of the sugar shack spirit into our kitchens and dining rooms.

If you are looking to create a more permanent setting, consider reclaimed weathered wood furniture and stainless steel lighting. It you are feeling particularly entrepreneurial, reclaimed wall panelling and whitewashed hardwood floors can elevate the aesthetic to the next level.

Most importantly, keep your décor simple, bare and mostly vintage. Just like in the olden days, every single item must serve a purpose, aside from a few thematic pieces of art (giant oxidized spoon anyone?).

The sugar shack look is especially suited for a winter cottage, where après-ski evenings are enjoyed by the wood stove and the ambiance is reminiscent of rustic comfort.

If you are throwing a dinner party, try incorporating vintage plates and flatware to your table. Use chequered dishtowels as napkins and drape faux sheepskin throws over the dining chairs for comfort.

Put on your plaid flannel shirt, light up a musky maple-scented candle and serve hearty dishes “à la bonne franquette.” Traditional maple smoked ham, pea soup, meat pie and bacon rinds will delight your guests.

 
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Gabrielle is a Montreal based blogger, interior stylist and web consultant.

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