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The Coastal Lake House

Updated: Sep 4, 2019

For us, designing isn't just about making sure the space is beautiful. Sure, that's a huge (and obviously important!) goal...but we want to create spaces that totally radiate YOU. To accomplish that, we start the process by asking questions to get to know our clients. Things like: your style preferences, your likes/dislikes, your budget....all the way down to learning what's important to you in a space. Some people want to be able to seat large groups of people, while others value room to rest and retreat. At the end of the day, we strive to make sure you #feellikehome in your newly designed digs. And let me tell you...it's hands down the best part of our job!



The lake house underwent a huge renovation, and it was so rewarding being able to walk through the decision making process with them. What was once a bathroom, now opened up a much larger living space. Here you can see the board and batten wall as it was unfolding:



When the reno started slowing down and we began to discuss design details, the clients described their vision as being coastal...and I set off creating a vision board for them:


There are basically three separate living type spaces in their home that are all right next to each other. There is a 4 seasons room, an upper living space, and then you step down into a smaller living space that shares floor space with the dining table. The tricky part to this was choosing furniture that wouldn't look redundant, in each area. It needed to flow, it needed to be comfortable, and we didn't need 3 sectionals, or multiple sofas. We reused their old sectional in the 4 seasons room, and purchased furniture for the upper and lower living room spaces.


Here is what it looks like now:





Here you can see how each space is close to one another..

The unique layout of four chairs in the lower living space encourages conversation.


Upper living Space

As you walk in, the columns are such a beautiful architectural touch. It separates the entryway, but still invites you in...



An area rug anchors your space, but it also acts like a piece of art on your floor. Here, you can see how the pattern adds that perfect touch to the floor.


Small Details


Coastal can be tricky...you don't have to run out and buy every nautical item you see. Instead, focus on simple touches. I pulled in this rope detailed lamp to sprinkle it into the design.

I love shopping small...and this beautiful pillow cover was designed by my talented friend Stephanie...you can find it HERE. (And the rest of her collection!)

These tassel curtains had my heart from the early design stages..


Lower Living Room + Dining Area


We often get requests to incorporate special items. Knowing that, we made sure that this family framed piece found a home.




Adding in a window seat provides extra storage (the seat lifts up!), extra seating, and extra warmth:



Small Details

The fireplace got a facelift with fresh tile, and a brand new surround:



The knot detail of the coordinating napkins is what polishes the look. One of my favorite fine details of the whole project!

Always splurge on textiles, it's an upgrade that won't go unnoticed. The dishes are from Target, while the napkins are from Crate & Barrel.

4 Seasons Room


We repurposed her sectional (that was once in the lower level) into this gorgeously lit-up room. With windows surrounding every wall, you can't help but be filled with peace as you walk in..






Small Details





Remember when I shared that the best part of our job is knowing that we have truly made a heartfelt difference in your home?



Here is what our client had to say about her new space:


"I just have to tell you what an incredible blessing you have been in my life. I know this is your job, but you have given me a reason to be happily surprised and excited EVERY time I walk into my first floor.....so from the bottom of my very grateful heart- thank you."



It's so much more than just another piece of decor we are buying..or just another sofa. From the depths of our hearts we truly strive to make your spaces... #feellikehome.


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