Client Project: The Lakehouse

I have a new client project in the works, so I thought you’d like to see a sneak peek at the design. This project hits very close to home, in fact, it’s my parents home!

It’s not the home that I grew up in, but I did grow up on the same lot. My parents had their house rebuilt about 7 years ago; they demolished the old home and rebuilt a larger home in its place. It was a wise decision as there are nearly zero lake front lots available in the area, so most of the lake front homes are being taken down by new owners and larger, newer homes built on the lots.

My parents made custom selections throughout the home, but when it came to furnishing the home, they used what they had and never really finished decorating….until now! Their great room is the first room you see when you walk in the house. It includes a large entry, kitchen, dining, and family room, all in one room. Great rooms can be a challenge to decorate because all of the rooms flow together. It’s nearly impossible to decorate one without thinking of the other areas.

We’re slowly making changes throughout the areas to make them tie in together, and feel styled, not just a room with furniture.

Here are a couple of before pictures:

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They LOVE the beachy/coastal style, so everything needs to be light and airy. Light colors can pose a problem when put together with a dog and soon to be grand children, so we’ll need to be creative. Their existing layout works well, the furniture is just too dark and very worn. Here is the design I’ve proposed:

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The room is full of large windows overlooking the lake. They currently have bamboo shades which will blend well with the new design, but I thought adding drapes would lighten the room up, making it feel more airy. They’ll also absorb some of the acoustics, which is very necessary in this large, open room.

A new sectional is on order, the old one is down to threads. This one from Pottery Barn will be a perfect fit. The fabric is a neutral twill, and the cushion covers are removable for easy cleaning.

The existing reclining chairs are in good condition, they just need updating.


I’ve chosen an off white indoor/outdoor fabric to reupholster them in, and we’ll have the wood frame refinished in a darker stain to pop against the light colors.

I chose rustic wood accents to give it a beachy/driftwood look. And my mom just fell in love with the white washed table for “her chair”.  There is a built in entertainment center (not pictured) that will get a white wash finish as well.

The metal in the table and floor lamp will tie in with the hardware on the kitchen cabinets as well as the antique brass drapery hardware.

Everything is on order and coming in piece by piece. It’s so fun to see everything come together…I can’t wait to show you pictures once it’s done!

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