“I bet if I hop over to Pinterest, I can find a photo of a room that looks exactly like what I want.” Have you ever thought that as you’ve embarked on a decorating project? I’ve done that too many times to count, and this summer when I began to think about our future lake house, I did just that. And guess what.
I didn’t find anything. 🙁
In my mind, I wanted the rooms to be fun filled…bright…colorful…with a bit of nostalgic whimsy. I wanted them to evoke a feeling of summer camp/fish camp. I knew I liked the clean look of the white rooms in Lake Muskoka cottages
and the nostalgic look of Mary Kay Andrew’s Ebbtide beach house (but not so many nostalgic accessories that it looked cluttered.)
As much as I have searched and searched since then, I cannot find exactly what I am looking for. So today, I want to share with you just some elements of spaces that might go into our future home, but you are going to have to use your imagination to visualize this, and I’d like for you to keep two things in mind:
#1 – You are only looking at one element in each photo (not the entire room) and
#2 – We are dreaming here. I know if we get into making this dream of a house a reality, our budget will require us to leave behind many of these ideas (unless of course we win the lottery. 🙂 )
Are you ready?
Okay. Let’s get started…
First element of this dream lake house …the ceiling in every room would be like this one with the white painted rafters…
and every single interior wall would have white board and batten.
I liked this fireplace with its cabinet for the television above the mantel…
(but leave off the plates around it.)
or maybe this one.
It has been impossible to find a white kitchen with the summer camp vibe. (There are a number of them with stained wood cabinets, but I am trying to avoid “dark” in this decorating style.) So here are a few white kitchens that have cabinets I like.
(Remember board and batten walls – not subway tile.)
(I like the cabinets and the lights in the next one.)
And I think a ceiling fan in the kitchen would be appropriate for a lake house.
I’ve had a little better luck finding inspiring bedrooms for this dream lake house.
Picture this one with all the wood painted white, and leave out the furry rug by the bed.
Throw a wool blanket and a couple of tartan pillows on the next one for some color.
This set up would work beautifully in the office/guest bedroom of the basement.
(And even better if the space below the mattress housed a trundle bed.)
I found several bathrooms that were white and had old fashioned appeal.
(And this dream lake house would have those five-panel doors throughout the interior. 🙂 )
And now for a few accessories to add some color to the all white place.
Hudson Bay towels for the bathroom…
I’m thinking of recovering the cushions on the family room wicker chair in a striped blanket for this dream house.
(I guess you can see what has inspired the color scheme. 🙂 )
We would mix in a few vintage (or vintage look) accessories – sparingly. I do not want a cluttered look – no musty vintage textiles either, and instead of buffalo check fabrics I would use cheery tartan plaids mixed with the stripes from the blankets. I am going to daringly show you this next room from the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse by Scot Meacham Wood (who wholeheartedly loves tartans) Don’t freak out when you see it though. 🙂 He sort of has my vibe for the house going in this room, but I would change a few things to tone it down (since I am not that brave.)
If it were in my dream lake house, the table in the middle would be an antique dresser or perhaps a plain wicker table with no cloth on it. The art would be simply framed black and white photos, and I would use just one pillow (the plaid one) on each chair.
He has something on the ceiling that would be perfect for our dream lake house. 🙂
As brazenly over-the-top colorful as this room is, I do love that he has white walls, wonderful wicker chairs, a happy plaid, a Hudson Bay blanket for a throw on one chair, and that yellow kayak on the ceiling. (We have a green one, a white one, and a red one – will have to add a yellow one to our collection. 🙂 )
Opposite the chairs in this space is a nice little storage and bench area. Change out the art to black and white photos, and change the toile pillows to Hudson Bay stripes, and I think it would then be perfect for our dream lake house.
And that is all the inspiration I have for this dream lake house – version 1. This post has been a little difficult to write because since I started thinking about a style for the house and have mulled over it for months now, I have come up with a totally different look that might be better for it. That will be Version 2. 🙂
It has also been hard to write because according to Zillow, the lot/house we have been looking at has been taken off the market. 🙁 (Oddly though, the realtor’s sign is still there…hmm.) So our adventure may not begin now – or even ever. But I do know that God’s timing is perfect – which I learned when we couldn’t get a log house I had my heart set on 20 years ago, and we ended up building our current home instead. If a lake house is meant to be in our plans, it will happen. I just have to trust. 🙂
Thank you for all your comments and suggestions on the previous post. I soooo appreciate your time as you visit here! Have a fun filled weekend, and I hope to see you again soon! 🙂
Until next time…