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9 pieces that bring sexy back to the cottage

Even the most traditional cottage accoutrements - moose heads, hammocks, Adirondack chairs - are getting hip updates, as these cool new twists on stuffy (and stuffed) old favourites show. Think of the effect as boondocks with edge

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Head lamp Designed by Norway's Northern Lighting, this funky indoor/outdoor polyresin fixture presents classic taxidermy in a whole new light. Moo wall lamp, $1,665 through British-based Funktion Alley.

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Chair heirs What becomes a legend most? In the case of time-honoured cottage seating, an eco-friendly facelift. Made of 100-per-cent recycled plastic, Cascades' Canadian-crafted model comes in a trio of earthy hues ($360) ...

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... while Loll's Adirondack Chair is a sleeker, polyethylene version of the rustic archetype. $235 through

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Ground effect Bring indoor style to outside seating areas with one of Ontario-based Korhani's unusually elegant polypropylene outdoor rugs that are UV-treated to resist fading. 71-by-114-inch Korhani Bowers rug in Green-Beige, $40 at Wal-Mart Canada

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Swing shift You can keep your rope hammocks: Hatteras Hammocks' ultra-comfortable Pillowtop model with sustainably harvested cumaru-wood spreader bars evoking a grounded galleon is the ne plus ultra of swinging beds. $249.99 (U.S.) plus shipping.

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Snake in the grass Longing for nightlife deep in the woods? Create a downtown vibe down by the lake with Italy-based Slide's sinuous modular 'light furniture' offering seating, bar space and illumination in one fell swoosh. Two outdoor Snake seats flanking an Open Cube (holding bottle), $1,300 at select lighting and outdoor-living stores nationwide (e-mail for retailers).

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Centre ice No need to hustle to and from the fridge with a Starckly designed outdoor dining table featuring a handy built-in ice cooler running down the middle. PLAY dining table by Philippe Starck for Dedon, $6,360 at studio b

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The colour of fun Trapped in the cabin on a rainy day? Serve up some margaritas on a festive gloom-busting tray. Melamine platter in orange Meadow pattern, $9.99 at Canadian Tire

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Base hit Sure, those faux-rustic bedside lamps may have (dubious) kitsch appeal, but isn?t it time for more elegant options? Tula table lamp with resin base and satin shade, $160 at Urban Barn.

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