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Special Places from Dungan-Nequette

Crabtree living room and kitchen Dungan Nequettesource

Another weekend is upon us.  Did this week fly by or what??? I thought we were just talking about staying at The Point in the Adirondacks. Goodness.  Well,  I have a few more lake houses and another design firm to share with you today.  Raise your hand if you have seen the work of Dungan-Nequette?  Their projects have been featured in many publications, so you may have seen some of these.  The kitchen above is inside the home pictured below.

Crabtree exterior Dungan Nequettesource

It is located on Lake Martin in Alabama and was designed by Dungan-Nequette.  Don’t you just love that rustic board and batten with stone exterior?  The interior seems to go in a more modern direction.

Dungan Nequette Crabtree on Lake Martinsource

Here is another lake house for which they did design work.  I believe they added on to an existing home there for this one.  It is nicknamed Seven Sticks for the seven pine trees that were removed for the addition.  They “honored”those trees by using seven telephone poles to support the new part of the home.

Tubb Lakehouse exterior Dungan Nequettesource

The decor in this new room is not exactly my style, but isn’t the view of the lake there magnificent?? All those windows! It was featured in Southern Living magazine, and you can read more about the house here if you would like.

Tubb Lakehouse living area Dungan Nequettesource

Here is another rustic but refined building designed by Dungan-Nequette.  This is the Springhouse Restaurant at Lake Martin.

Springhouse restaurant Lake Martinsource

A giant stone fireplace is at the center of the 10,000 sq. ft. facility.

rustic interior Springhouse restaurantsource

And just for fun, here is a look at their dessert menu.:)

Springhouse restaurant dessert menusource

Lake houses are not the only things this design firm dreams up.  Here is one of the beautiful farmhouses in their porfolio.  This one started from a very small and simple bunkhouse on the property. (You can read more about it here in a Southern Living article.)

Marsh farmhouse exterior  Dungan Nequettesource

Again we see another rustic room adorned with many rough boards. (I am loving the plaid on those chairs!)

Marsh farmhouse living area  Dungan Nequettesource

Now this is a porch. Doesn’t it look so peaceful? Just hand me a glass of sweet tea.:)

Marsh farmhouse porchsource

One more farmhouse designed by Dungan-Nequette you just have to see.

Bodnar Barn exterior  Dungan Nequettesource

This very unique one was featured in Garden and Gun in April, 2009.  A 100 year old barn was taken apart and moved from Pennsylvania to Alabama, and the family hired someone from Pennsylvania to oversee the reconstruction.

Bodnar kitchen area with yellow cabinetssource

The entire house is heated by the large Russian Stove in the center of the great room below, and many of the decorations in the house were found on site (like the wagon frame suspended above the kitchen.) Love the swing suspended there near the fireplace!

Bodnar Barn living area Dungan Nequettesource

Pretty neat, huh?  Before I leave you today, let me share with you a little history on this design firm. Dungan-Nequette started out doing architectural projects working out of a small sunroom.   They grew and grew, and after a period of time (and many more projects) they started Tracery Interiors to provide consistency between the interior spaces and the architectural details of their buildings. It made sense that the two should mesh.   Then these creative folks somehow got into designing advertisements, graphic design,and websites, (very creative people)  and their branding company, The G Brand was born.  And that catches you up to where they are today.

Bodnar home Dungan Nequettesource

I think I have overdosed you on rustic rooms and buildings for a little while.  Next week we will venture in a different direction, and fingers crossed, I get the gallery wall project finished this weekend to show you on Monday. I hope your weekend is filled with a visit to a lake, a dinner at a great restaurant (delicious dessert included!), or a peaceful autumn ride through the countryside (maybe even a hayride?):)

Until next time…

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classic • casual • home - October 17, 2014 - 10:03 pm

This was so much fun… and inspirational. I love the warmth. I saw Garden and Gun for the first time last year at our friends house (he’s an architect in Florida and knew I would like it).

I’m excited to see your gallery wall. Have a great weekend!!
Garden and Gun is a great magazine with such a wide range of topics. I think there is something in it for every member of my family! I usually love any of the food related articles. :)
Hope your weekend was a good one.

Vicki - October 17, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Oh my goodness, that barn is awesome. How much fun would that be to decorate it seasonally? That’s neat to learn that these creative people are behind Tracery Interiors- I admire their whole aesthetic. Looking forward to having a delicious dessert this weekend, per your suggestion. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I agree – that barn would be wonderful for decorating for holidays. Can’t you just picture a huge Christmas tree there? Hope you had a delicious dessert (and ate some for me as well!)

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 18, 2014 - 1:10 am

Kelly, How fun to see the remodeled barn from Garden and Gun! I’d never heard of that publication! I was thinking that the barn house would be so awesome for a Christmas party…all that open space! Always enjoy the interiors you feature. Happy weekend to you!
Oh you need to find a copy of Garden and Gun, Gracia! You will enjoy it (but it has a very Southern vibe.) Wouldn’t it be fun to decorate that barn for Christmas!!

Katrina Cantler - October 18, 2014 - 8:50 am

My granddaughter Emery is going to flip out when I show her that swing in the house! My daughter and SIL used to make fun of me when I kept messing up and referring to their Garden and Gun magazines as ‘that Guns and Roses magazine”.
Have a great fall weekend, Kelly!
I think like Emery. A swing inside a house would be such a fun thing to have. “Guns and Roses”…hilarious!!
Hope your weekend was a fun one Katrina. :)

Arlene@Nanaland - October 18, 2014 - 9:33 am

These rustic houses remind me of Fairy Tale houses…would not mind owning one myself!!
I think I could be forced into living in one of them too, Arlene. That one with all the windows overlooking the lake would be my choice.

judy - October 18, 2014 - 11:11 am

now you’re talking about my neck of the woods….Lake Martin! i don’t recognize the 1st house you featured but you can bet i’ll be looking for it next spring/summer when we’re at the lake…and the restaurant? i don’t recall hearing about it and i think it’s because it’s on the Alex City “side” of the lake…i’m going to have a go there soon!

what a gorgeous day here…since Auburn is off this weekend we’re going to get out and enjoy this weather…maybe even ride up toward Alex City
YES..most definitely your neck of the woods! You should search for that home AND the restaurant. I hope you enjoyed your weekend even if it didn’t involve Auburn football. LOL

Garden, Home and Party - October 18, 2014 - 4:55 pm

I loved the exterior of the first home, and the location. But the farmhouse was my favorite for interior design. Maybe I could have the farmhouse moved to the lake…would that make it a lake house or is there more than location to the architecture of each home? You always give us the best eye candy.
I hope you’re having a good weekend and that your wall gallery is going up as we speak. :-)
Hmmm…good question. I’ve always thought of “farmhouse” really as a style and “lakehouse” as a location. Who knows? I guess it would be a farmhouse styled lake house. :)
Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Sue - October 18, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Thanks again for showing us some wonderful places. I can’t wait to see the gallery wall. Have a wonderful weekend!
I am happy you liked all the homes, Sue. Our weekend was busy but productive! :)

Marianne in Mo. - October 18, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Love these pics! The one with the windows with the peaked end was a dream view to me!
We are touring a bit of the south this week, visiting our daughter and family in Texas, seeing San Antonio, New Orleans and stops along the way towards home. Beautiful weather so far, and went to a pumpkin Patch with the G.K’ s, then daughter and I went junking and antiquing!
That certainly was a dream view!! Sounds like you are having a great trip and going to many places Marianne. Hope you found something wonderful to buy at the antique shops.
Happy traveling!

Dawn - October 19, 2014 - 11:26 am


Thank you for the information, eye candy and inspiration. I love it all, as usual. My favorite is that last barn. What an inspiring story and beauty that barn is. This weekend has been full of Homecoming activities , shopping, cleaning and organizing while keeping up with sports, grades and entertaining. I can’t wait to see your gallery wall.
I am glad you read the story with the barn. It was such a creative project from start to finish. You had one busy busy weekend Dawn. Hope next weekend is more relaxing for you. (My next one is my busy one.)

Terri Hoke - October 19, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Love looking at all your beautiful decorating! My question is this: Did you make the sign/canvas in your sons’ room with the 72 on it? My son is playing football this year, coincidentally 72 is his jersey number, :) and I would love to make one for him. Are there instructions on this site of how you made it or where you bought it?

Thanks! :)
Hi Terri!
I am so happy you enjoy seeing all the rooms on the blog. I “sort of” made that sign from the boys’ room (it is going to live somewhere else soon…I hope.) It was a square metal chalkboard from Pottery Barn Kids. It was red at one point, but I painted it yellow, and used a black “chalk pen” to write the 72 on it. I imagine the same thing could be done though with a canvas – paint it yellow and use the black chalk pen to write on it. It would have a rougher texture, but I think it would still work the same way. Very easy.

Project Design: A Bedroom Gallery Wall

baskets on wall for sports gearWelcome back!  Today is the day our group gives an update on each of our gallery walls, but before I fill you in on the details for that, I need to first give you an update on the room it is going in.  A year ago (almost exactly to the day!) I shared our boys’ bedroom with you.  This is how it looked then:

Bed boys bedroom Talk of the House

Now many of you are going to say you like this version better than what it currently looks like, and if you have been around here any time at all, you may say…What? Kelly got rid of red???  Yes, I really did…and there were two reasons for it.  First, it just seemed too brown…a lot of brown wood furniture and all that brown plaid, brown… brown… brown, and secondly, every single bedroom here has red. That was just too much.  So here is the latest with some old drapes I recycled back in there. (That yellow color and that room are very hard to photograph, so you really can’t see the true color very well.:()

boys roomI painted yellow over the bright red in the bookcases.

bookshelf painted beadboard I redid the sports number picture of our son’s football number by the dresser in yellow as well.

boys bedroom dresserAnd I painted over the board by the antique postmaster’s desk changing it from red to black. (There’s quite enough yellow in the room now.:))

boys room antique postmasters desk and wall baskets for sports gearWhen we last looked at this room, my husband had finished making only one of the beds.

boys bedroom bedsNow there are two, and that brings us to the point of this whole post – the place for the gallery wall.:)(Aren’t you glad I got you all caught up with everything?!)  Here is the other bed all dressed in yellow and black.

bedroom wall for galleryMy plans are to do a gallery wall over the headboard here.  The room has kind of a sporty/collegiate vibe so I have some things I want to include in it…college pictures, graduation photos, diploma, etc.  And if possible, I think I also want to use a basket or two like the ones over the desk to tie the two wall groupings together. Not 100% sure of that yet.

elements for gallery wallEven though both our sons recently moved to the Seattle area, I still consider this to be their room.  So I am a little perplexed about including the collegiate things belonging to only one of our sons in the gallery wall (the one whose bed it is going above.)  There is another empty wall beside our other son’s bed….

large space for gallery wallIt is a good size, but, as you can see in the photograph, it is beside the desk with the arrangement of baskets on the wall.

boys room wallAnd to the left of the desk is this…

bookshelvesSo I am afraid to add anything else to that wall because I am afraid that it will be too busy.  Your eyes need some place to rest in a room (and that yellow color is quite enough on your eyes!)  What do you think? Way too much for the room?  My other idea is to utilize the entire corner of the space around the bed that is going to have the gallery wall, and mix in belongings from both of the boys. Or will that also be too busy for the room?

space for gallery wallI know we shared inspirational ideas for gallery walls last week, but I have specifically been looking at corner galleries this week to see if they can help me with this. Here are a few  (and the first one has really good tips for how to hang one.)  I like the letter included in this one.

corner gallery wallsource

More letters included here.

corner gallery wall with letterssource

And this one has the black and white photographs mixed with other art.

corner gallerysource

 I would love your advice on which option to choose for the art display…1 wall or 2 walls? 1 side or a corner?  I plan on utilizing the paper-cut-to the-right-size-and-shape-taped-to-the-wall to help with the arrangement on it so that I don’t put any more nails in it than I have to.

Hope you are enjoying reading about all our gallery wall projects this month.  (I don’t know how in the world I was invited to be in this very talented group of decorator/designers, but I am so happy and humbled to be a part of it!:))  Go catch up on everyone’s plans by clicking on their links below (after the project badge.)

Project Design

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Thank you so much for reading and visiting the other blogs today, and don’t forget our big reveal will be next Monday – Oct 20! And I would love to hear your thoughts about which wall(s) to use for our gallery wall.:)

Until next time.

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Anne Boykin - October 13, 2014 - 5:23 am

Hi Kelly, First of all, I love your style so whatever you do will look great! I would just do the one wall that’s blank and that’s all. There’s a lot going on in the room already. Yes, I love the yellow! I’m glad to see the black and white back too!
Thanks for your input Anne! Yes there is a lot going on in that room, so whatever I do probably needs to be somewhat simple.

Rose L - October 13, 2014 - 6:06 am

I like the letters in the inspiration photos. Why not just do your wall above the bed with the documents and pics and one or two baskets as you had planned and then on two small walls that are currently empty do one large initial for each of your son’s first names? That way the walls wouldn’t be completely blank but they wouldn’t be too full either, leaving some breathing room in there. Personally I don’t love the yellow, too bright for me but using the black and white gives you the option of changing some of the accessories to other colors whenever the mood strikes…pale blue, meadow green, even orange. Love how the beds turned out.
The walls definitely need some breathing room. I had planned to use bright blue for the quilts and shams in there but could never find any in the shade of blue I wanted (nor the price I was willing to pay.) So when I found the yellow on sale, I went with it. It is Georgia Tech colors, and we are fans of Tech, so the yellow works for that. I also like how the black and white gives me options for change like you mentioned- perhaps red again at Christmas. :)

Sandy - October 13, 2014 - 6:41 am

Kelly, my preference for the gallery wall would be the corner over the bed and to the left wall. Using your black and white photos, large initials of both sons, their sport(s) pictures, maybe a word or phrase that was used very often by one or both sons in a frame. You will work your magic and the room will be pleasing to your readers. I love the way you decorate and you have inspired me to refresh my home. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your ideas Sandy. I like the “word or phrase” suggestion…may have to incorporate that somehow. :) And thank you for your kind words about the house. I hope I can get this wall finished on time for the post!

Jill - October 13, 2014 - 7:38 am

Hi Kelly! I love the updates you’ve made to your boys’ room. I really like the yellow! I think I would stick with the one larger wall or the corner idea. Or if you decide to use the smaller wall as well, keep it super simple with just a couple items. I really like the idea of mixing different media for the gallery wall too. I look forward to seeing how it turns out!
Glad you like it Jill! Super simple – I think I can handle that. LOL I look forward to getting it finished!

Arlene@Nanaland - October 13, 2014 - 7:39 am

Well all I can say is GO TECH!! Looks like a Georgia Tech room now instead of a GEORGIA room!:) I leave the decision making up to you…you have great taste!!
Amen on the Tech room! We have been long time Tech fans – since I was in high school back in the dark ages. I even turned down a scholarship from there. (NOT a good decision on my part.) Thank you for your vote of confidence!

Kim - October 13, 2014 - 8:30 am

I’m not a huge yellow fan, but I love it in this room especially with the black and white checks. Super cute and can’t wait to see that gallery wall.
Thank you Kim. I do like a bit of yellow with the black and white checks.(Of course, this is more than a “bit.” LOL)

Design Chic - October 13, 2014 - 8:31 am

I’m contemplating your dilemma – just love the room and can’t wait to see what you decide. Adore the combination of the yellow and black in his room!!
Contemplate all you want! :) I am contemplating changing my original plan….got to make a final decision! Glad you liked the color combination. :)

Susan - October 13, 2014 - 9:39 am

I LOVE whatever you do but I thought I would give you my suggestions. I looked over the other blogs and the gallery walls are definitely statements. BE BOLD AND BLOOM! Have you considered taking down the baskets and the black board and putting your gallery wall over the desk and down the wall where the board is hanging. Take your son’s # and put it in the bookcase or use it in the gallery. Definitely use the baskets, or at least one basket, in the gallery. Ditch the board and keep the focus on the gallery. If the project is a gallery you want all eyes on the gallery. By the way, the yellow is terrific especially with the black.
Cannot wait to see the finished project!!
Lots of good ideas here Susan! Thank you. I am pondering on them.

Kris {Driven by Decor} - October 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

I’m so in love with this room already – love the colors that you used and the wire baskets with the sports equipment are so great! Looking forward to seeing which walls you decide to tackle – it will look fabulous whatever you decide!
Your comments are so kind Kris. Thank you for the compliments on the room and the vote of confidence for the gallery wall! I hope you are right. :)

cindy hattersley - October 13, 2014 - 10:52 am

I knew you would come up with something extremely clever and put the rest of us to shame!! I cannot wait to see this. I love the gallery wall with baskets as well!! Soooo glad you joined us you are amazing!!
“Put the rest of us to shame”? Um…who is it that has not one, but TWO gallery walls? And who was the brilliant one that came up with this glorious idea? Um…I believe it was you girl. :) So it is really YOU that is the amazing one! (But I am glad you like what’s going on in the boys’ room.)

classic•casual•home - October 13, 2014 - 11:58 am

I just cannot tell you how special you have made that room all ready. It seems like a warm hug to envelope your boys when they come home. My son is in Florida and we are in California…his room is also our guest room but I do have his photos and sports memorabilia in there. Love the idea of initials.
Oh dear…your son is far from your home as well. Our daughter will be moving to Florida in January (to work at Disney!) I am glad you like the initials in the gallery wall – hope I can figure out a way to make all of this work!

debra @ 5th and state - October 13, 2014 - 12:46 pm

kelly, love the yellow, so fresh!
the whole room is inviting…….lucky sons when they come home. my vote is for the corner effect & i cannot wait to see what you do. very talented you are!
Glad you like all the yellow Debra! It brightened up the room quite a bit. Another vote for the corner. :)

Cheri - October 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Personally I do what I know I want to do and in your case it is the large wall above the bed and then look at everything to see if you want to do that corner.
That seems like a very smart way to approach it Cheri! Will do. :)

Louvina - October 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm

I think I like what Sandy suggested- the one wall and side wall and a mixture of both boy’s special items. I do love the red and brown but think the yellow really perks it up! By doing the boy’s room I know it is helping with the “empty nest” and preparing for the times they will be returning for family visits. Can’t wait to see what you come up with because I love The KellyGal touch!
I really think it should be a mixture of their things…not just one son’s. So I am trying to work all of that out in my brain right now. :) Thank you for the compliments on the decorating Louvina!

Leslie Harris aka Gwen Moss - October 13, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Kelly you have such fabulous taste, I just want to see what you decide. I know it will be wonderful because I’m loving your inspiration photos, especially the letters. This whole room is a great mix of classic with a refreshing young vibe.
Thank you Leslie! I just want to see what I decide too! LOL Tooooo much inspiration leads to indecision here!! I am looking forward to your finished project as well. :)

Scribbler Unfocused - October 13, 2014 - 3:55 pm

I guess my idea is different from the other suggestions, but I don’t really like the idea of a corner gallery. I would do just the area over the bed, and then probably rework that area where the baskets are hanging over the postmaster’s desk. (Love that BTW — my Daddy was a postmaster!). The baskets could be incorporated into the mix or possibly they could be hung in a vertical stack where that pinboard is. Just a thought.

I like the colors — black and white and yellow always works. Did you say your husband made those beds? I need to borrow him!
You have some good ideas here too! If your daddy was a postmaster, you need this desk. :) (Wish I had the cubbie unit that went above it as well.) Glad you like the colors. Yes, my husband did make the beds. He is such a perfectionist, and it took him a looong time to finish them.

sherry hart - October 13, 2014 - 5:47 pm

I am a fan of the yellow! As far as the gallery wall goes…I trust your judgement because you can see the whole space but I am leaning towards just over the bed…..Look forward to seeing what you decide!
Yay for another yellow fan! (My wardrobe seems to be sporting a lot of that color too lately.) Looking forward to finishing the wall and seeing everyone else’s creations on Monday.

Dawn - October 13, 2014 - 6:04 pm


I like it all so far. I agree that the wall by the desk should stay blank. I like the idea of a corner gallery wall over by the other bed. I think the gallery wall should include a basket like above the desk, some black and white prints/photographs and some initial letters. I am sure that whatever you come up with will look wonderful. You all do such a nice of job decorating with meaning. Thanks for sharing!
Dawn, you and I are definitely on the same page for this “creation.” LOL

Garden, Home and Party - October 13, 2014 - 6:09 pm

I personally like the idea of the corner gallery. Having 2 sons, I think it would feel like you left one out if only one son gets the college related images above his bed. Unless they both went to the same college. In any case, I for one, love the black and yellow touches.
I agree it needs to be a mix of things from both sons. It just doesn’t feel right to leave one out. So somehow I have got to work in a good number of items on this wall. Glad you like the color combination!

Nana Diana - October 13, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Hi~ While I love the IDEA of a gallery wall that wraps the corner I don’t know if it would be right in this room. I think it might seem “busy” being as there is another corner close by that also has its own thing going on. If the wall were long and straight and unbroken then I think it would work better..but that is just my thoughts. I really like the baskets over the desk. I like the symmetry of it. It had a neat, clean, almost industrial look.

I like the idea of the gallery on the one wall…but no matter what you do you will do it beautifully.

Love the color combination, too, with the black and yellow…and WHAT..not a HINT of red?

Hope you have a GREAT week. xo Diana
I agree with you Diana. Those walls in there could easily be too busy…definitely what I am trying to avoid. So glad you liked the yellow and black together. No hint of red anywhere. Quite a departure for me!
Hope you have had a great week as well.

Becky in 'Bama - October 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

First of all: you are brave to open yourself to the comments and whims of your readers. Second: whatever you do it will be first rate. I find your decor leans to my personal taste, so I’m sure I’ll like whatever. My comments: I, too, love books, but I might be of a mind to pare down the number you have on display and use the shelves for sports memorabilia, etc. (a glass jar of baseballs..Ha!) All the different colored bindings makes my eyes ‘nervous.’ Agree with the gallery wall over the bed but PLEASE for all that is good, no animal horns. I fear that design trick has been overworked (who was the originator of that design…anyone?) Reiterating: you are the decorator, it’s your home, we’ll all Oooo and Ahhh when it’s done. :)
Oh I think it is interesting to read everyone’s suggestions, and they have actually helped me think out what I want to do here. :) I am afraid I can’t pare down the number of books. We are overflowing everywhere, and the cabinets below the shelves are FULL of books…as are the bookshelves in the family room, cabinets in the family room, lower cabinets in daughter’s desk, dining room cabinets, and open table spaces in the family room. Too many! I gave away some a couple of weeks ago, but the ones in the boys’ room belong to the boys and until they move some out (which they did not take to their tiny studio apartment in Seattle), they will have to be housed there. :( You don’t have to worry about animal horns though…I don’t have any to use here anywhere. :) (Good thing their college mascots didn’t have horns! LOL)

Jayne - October 14, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Where is start? That is the question isn’t it? Well…Since you are taping up paper, you could gave all your ideas a try. After you get them up, take a picture, then pick which one you like best. If I were doing two walls, I would start in the corner and work my way out, trying to give balance to each side. I love the idea of adding something other than just photos. Letters, a clock, a collage of game tickets (since you are going collegiate.)Maybe even a jersey?
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
What a super idea Jayne!!! I am going to take your advice and do that (and my husband will especially appreciate my not having to make so many nail holes in the wall to try it out! LOL)

Vicki - October 16, 2014 - 6:27 am

Not any design advice here, you don’t need that:). I’m just sending a warm hug your way. First your sons and now the daughter…. that’s a lot to handle in a year! Moving to college is one thiing, but moving on to their own lives is another. I’ve been there, done that 3 times and will say that the empty house does get easiier. They were born to fly! Best wishes to them all!
Vicki, how sweet of you to think of that. :) Daughter’s move to Florida will only be for 5 to 7 months – depending on if she is burnt out after 5 at Disney. She has not finished college and is taking the semester away from it to work as part of an internship (required for graduation with a business degree.) But it IS like she is moving away because she has been less than an hour away from us at college and will now be almost 6 hours away from us then and will probably come home only once in the time she is working there. Glad to know the empty house gets easier!

annie diamond - October 16, 2014 - 9:13 am

The room is beautiful! I loved the before too, but the yellow looks amazing! I adore the black and white checked drapes too. I think whatever you decide…is going to be perfect. I do love the idea of a corner gallery wall, especially after seeing your examples. I was just reading your posts on your house design. So interesting.
Thank you Annie! I am addicted to checks, and black and white plays so well with other colors. Love your vote of confidence! Looking forward to seeing your finished gallery wall. :)

Friday Fun: The Point

boats at the dock The Pointsource

If you are rich and/or famous, perhaps you have stayed there.  If you are like me (neither rich nor famous), you have only enjoyed this over-the-top resort through photographs and dreams of being there.  Either way, The Point is a spectacular place to see.  I first learned about it many many years ago in an article in Victoria magazine.

gate in winter The Pointsource

It was built in the early 1930’s as one of the Great Camps on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks region of New York by William Avery Rockefeller.  Yes, it was a Rockefeller’s private residence.  Designed by architect Willliam G. Distin and completed in 1933, it was originally named Wonundra – an Australian Aborigine word meaning “Big Rock.”

log building  The Pointsource

If rustic elegance was a word in the dictionary, The Point would be the picture beside its definition. It is the epitome of rustic and top notch elegance. Just take a look at a few of the rooms.  Iroquois, the room in the photograph below, was originally daughter Elsie Rockefeller’s bedroom.

Iroquois The Pointsource

Mohawk was the Rockefeller’s master bedroom.

Mohawk guestroom The Pointsource

Here is Mohawk’s updated bathroom.

bathroom in Mohawk The Pointsource

There are several buildings spread across the 75 acres (with only 11 rooms available for accommodations.)

One of the most requested rooms sits atop their boathouse.

boathouse at The Pointsource

It is quite a room, and years ago, it was my favorite.

The boathouse at The Pointsource

I have read that the service there is always flawless – as if they can predict your every want and need. :)There are many outdoor activities from which you can choose – no matter what the season.  The food is superb with communal seating around 2 large tables – black tie on Wednesday and Saturday nights.  There are even sunset cruises on the lake in one of their two boats.

evening cruise The Pointsource

All of the furniture is adirondack style mixed with old photographs and oil paintings, and there is a giftshop on site.

gift shop The Pointsource

All activities and all meals are included in your room rate, but I doubt we will ever be able to enjoy it.  One evening’s accommodations are sadly more than our monthly mortgage payment.:( You are most definitely living like a Rockefeller at The Point. (I believe it is rated as one of the top 10 most expensive hotel rooms in the United States.)

The Point on Saranacsource

Interestingly, last year, several articles were published stating that the owners had defaulted on their loan, and The Point was in foreclosure.  I am not sure of all the details, but it has something to do with a loan and Lehman Brothers.  I am also not sure financially what has become of it, but the business continues to be run by the same general manager with the same set of high standards.  I checked  the recent reviews on Trip Advisor, and they all continue to be 5 star reviews. So if you have a million or two or three waiting to be invested, perhaps you’d like to own The Point (just keep the same general manager running things for you.)

Also, they have an opening for the evening dining room supervisor if you are interested.  You can apply here.

(Just thought you might want to know about that.:))

And finally, I am leaving you with a short video so that you can take a virtual vacation there this weekend. Fingers crossed it will work for you. ( I am having trouble getting it to play again on my computer, but it is working on my husband’s smartphone.)  Click here or here, and hopefully one of the links will work.

The Point adirondackssource

Hope you have a great weekend planned!

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Louvina - October 10, 2014 - 9:10 pm

Oh how I am enjoying this wonderful posting tonight! I really needed to see all this rustic and glamorous lodgings. You know how I have been looking forward to my trip to the mountains? Last year at this time, I started dreaming and planning– now one week before going, our daughter fell and broke her ankle and had to have surgery to repair it. So– not this year–:( But I am thankful to be able to have her here at the lake house to take care of– it will be a two month recovery time with trips to dr and PT. We will try to make the trip next fall–I do think half of the fun is looking forward to something, don’t you?! We have had some great trips since August and now I will get into my fall decorating full force–in my spare time. Thank you Kelly for giving all the followers beautiful places to look at and dream about throught your blog!!
I am so sorry that your daughter has a broken ankle Louvina! How painful…and SO not fun. (We had that last year with our oldest son…who wears a size 13 shoe by the way!) And I am also so very sorry that you can’t take your wonderful mountain trip you had planned. I do hope you will get to go next year. At least you have been able to have some fabulous trips in the last couple of months. Hope your fall decorating is going well. :)

Carolyn - October 10, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I love seeing examples of refined rustic because I live in a log home, and I get tired of seeing cliched cutesy kitsch. We’re not on a lake, but in the mountains of NC which are gorgeous enough. I’ve seen photos and books on the Great Camps and the Adirondack style including some of the exteriors shown here, but I hadn’t seen these gorgeous bedrooms available for booking. (Not that I could ever afford a stay there.) They’re warm, rustic, and rich, and, if you’ll excuse the term, not too campy. I can do without the deer heads and animal skin rugs, though. I did watch the video, but it had to keep buffering. These folks certainly do know how to do rustic elegance. As for Lake Saranac, I always think of my grandfather who spent time there in the early days of the twentieth century in a tubercular sanitarium. He died as a young man, but I have his scrap books of his stay there. Thanks for this lovely post – perfect for fall. We’re getting lots of color up here in the mountains now.
Oh how I loooove the mountains of NC. That is one of my dream places to live. :) You are so right about The Point not being too cutesy and campy. That definitely keeps it on the refined side, doesn’t it? How interesting about your grandfather, and what a great piece of memorabilia to have from him.
Thank you for reading and commenting Carolyn. Hope your week is going well.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 10, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Kelly, how fun to see the rooms at The Point! It would be fabulous to stay there, I’m sure! I guess I can dream about it anyway. I love old rustic lodges and am always amazed by how timeless they are.
When you come to Washington, you should try to make time to visit Leavenworth, a little Bavarian town in the Cascade mountains. It’s a beautiful spot with an abundance of lovely lodging options. Just a suggestion :). Have a great weekend. Always enjoy your posts!
Thank you for the suggestion Gracia. I have not heard of Leavenworth – sounds like the Pacific NW version of Helen, Georgia – an imitation Swiss village in the north Georgia mtns. I will pass along your suggestion to our sons in Seattle, and perhaps they can visit it now.

Judy - October 10, 2014 - 11:23 pm

goodness, the cost of a night’s stay more than a monthly mortgage payment? as my son would say, that’s “stupid money”! we see a lot of “stupid money” as we cruise around on Lake Martin during the summer. i’m grateful to come back to my sister’s modest cabin but the views are priceless.

thank you for sharing this beautiful place….at least we can all dream!
Yes, I would tend to agree with your son – especially in light of all the needs in our world today. How wonderful that you can enjoy the priceless views at your sister’s cabin! And yes, we all can dream about places like The Pointe. Perhaps one day they will change their targeted audience, and we will all be fighting for reservations there at rates we can all afford.

Therese - October 11, 2014 - 12:58 am

Transported to another time, another place……
I can smell it, I can feel it.
Thank you for your beautiful and informative post!
I think part of the beauty of The Pointe is that it does make you feel like you have traveled back in time to the era of the Great Camps. I am glad you enjoyed the “visit” there Therese. :)

Cynde - October 11, 2014 - 10:19 am

Love the phrase “rustic elegance”!!! That’s what I’m trying to do with my own home. No log home yet ( that’s my dream home on a lake), but we do live in a rural setting so I’ve been gravitating toward beefier masculine furnishing with a bit of feminine here and there.
Sounds like a great decorating look. I often wonder how men feel about living in rooms today that seem to have a very decidedly “feminine” look. (That would obviously NOT be the case at The Pointe! :) )

Marianne in Mo. - October 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm

My perfect heaven! But NO WAY I could ever afford those rates!!! :-/ I struggle BTW beach life or lake life, but lean towards lake for the cooler temps and abundant wildlife. Sadly, I don’t have either, but it’s nice to dream! Thanks for another one!
Marianne, you tastes sound exactly like mine – often dependent upon the season. And sadly we have neither of the second homes either. Perhaps one day…

Kathy - October 12, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Katrina and I were fortunate enough to stay there last fall. Just kidding….but we did go to a fabulous baby shower today and your ears might have been burning because we were talking about you…just like we were talking about any of our other good friends.
OMG, you had me at your first sentence! (So gullible here!) I hope you were only saying fabulous things about me…and not comments about my chicken self not seeing Gone Girl, right? :)

Garden, Home and Party - October 12, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Well, I’m not sure I could justify the dollar amount of a stay even if I could afford it! But it sure was fun touring via Kelly’s Travelogue. :-) I like Elsie Rockefeller’s room better than the main master bedroom.
What a magical setting. The gates, photographed during the winter months were so inviting. We’ll, I should say you, will have to find us something equally lovely for a more affordable rate. Yes, by a lake, yes, somewhere where it might snow during the winter. Ha, ha, ha.

Okay, Karen, your travel agent here will look for you a similar place with less expensive rates. :) (and of course one with snow!) I liked Elsie’s room better than the master bedroom too, and I would love to know how they looked when the house was decorated for the Rockefellers way back originally.
Hope you are enjoying the fall weather now.

Susan - October 13, 2014 - 12:54 pm

I just watched the video and realized that it is time to start saving my pennies! This would be our dream vacation – on the water and near the woods~
It would certainly be a dream of a trip. They have families that reserve the entire place for weddings there. Can you imagine how beautiful that would be??!

Debra - October 30, 2014 - 12:04 am

“Rustic Elegance” Oh, you are so right! Love the wood boats. Drool fest. We have been spending the last couple of weekends up in lower Wisconsin at a lake and saw quite a few older Chris Craft boats. Nothing like the sound of the inboard motors… Your right, I am not rich or famous, but there is something about the serenity of a lake….sigh. So relaxing and calming. <3

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