Photo gallery: Island summer escape

This new riverside cottage in P.E.I. is a multi-generational escape for one family. Photos by Stephen Harris. Read the full story here.

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  • The Bonnell family relaxes in their lofty, light-filled living room of their home in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island. An Island scene by Halifax artist Fionnuala Reynolds makes a dramatic focal point over the mantel. Furniture from Bowring, floor lamps by Restoration Hardware, cage lights over island from ABC Lighting New York, painting on right wall by artist Lindsay Walker of Walker Studios in Charlottetown. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • An insert propane fireplace provides warmth on cool summer nights and in the off-season months. To keep clean lines, the electrical outlets in the floor correspond with the living room furniture placement. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • A stainless steel nautical railing with wood birch trim crafted by local P.E.I. tradespersons adds yet another marine element to the beach-themed home, which features a second-floor look-out nook with unique see-through floor panels. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • A massive wood dining table from Wicker Emporium is a rustic touch in the modern dining room. Chairs and pendants from Ikea. Towering pocket doors with tempered glass panels are standard throughout the house. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • A soft beige (Balboa Mist from Benjamin Moore) permeates the main living space, which includes kitchen cabinets from Ikea and stainless steel appliances from Sears, such as a six-burner Electrolux Icon propane stove. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • The Bonnell family’s connection to Prince Edward Island has deep roots and it shows in their love for the province’s history. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • No cottage would be complete without a homeowner’s name sign. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • The second-floor bedroom is crisp, nautical and navy with headboards crafted from salvaged barn boards. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • Beach finds like sand dollars and starfish bring the element of special outdoor memories to the indoor décor. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • The master bedroom on the second floor will eventually become a guest bedroom when the Bonnells add a second wing to their dream home. Headboard and side tables from Pier 1. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • Structural glass floor panels give a peek-a-boo view of the dining room below. Although they can easily bear the weight of anyone who walks on them, few visitors dare to venture beyond the assumed safety of the wooden floor. Photo: Stephen Harris
  • Although the Bonnell home is now open for all seasons, summer is still the prime outdoor fun time. Photo: Stephen Harris
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