Finally The Wall Lake Cottage is done!!

The Wall Lake Cottage is done and open for summer fun for my clients! I have learned so much on this project. The main thing I learned is respect for anyone who is a General Contractor….not that I did not have respect before but, now I know what they go through. When we began this project in the fall, we were naive enough to think we didn’t need one. As the months wore on, we learned a few lessons and the project grew a bit in scope. Its funny because I spent months on construction and just a few short weeks filling it to make it pretty. From now on….I want to stick to the pretty!!

So back in the fall when we began, this is what this place looked like….

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The previous owners looooooved Navy Blue! The trim and cabinets were all navy….yikes!! I like Navy too but this was not done correctly as you can see.

The first thing we did was decide on a color scheme. My client and I chose a soft blue green called Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore for the cabinets and the rest fell into place. Below are the initial concept boards I came up with.

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We decided to accent with Coral because it compliments the blue perfectly and add in warm grays as our neutral because that is the color of driftwood.

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We chose a laminate floor to lay throughout the entire 1200 sq. foot house (except the bathroom) to make the space seem larger….plus it is easy care for a lake cottage.

We painted the entire cottage, besides the cabinets and bathroom, white. It is crisp and clean….and really opens the space!

So, are you ready to see the end result?

Lets start with the Kitchen because this room is in the center of the house and contains the color we began with.

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We kept the 1950’s solid wood cabinets. We also kept the stove but got a new range hood and refrigerator. I did have to shop a bit for the fridge to make sure it fit under the cabinets and when I found this Maytag, I knew we had to have it with the stainless handle. It has an updated vintage vibe.

I bought the wood butcher block from Menards and had my carpenter cut it on site and install it. The sink is from Ikea and the faucet is by Moen. That cutie coral striped rug is by Dash and Albert, which is a must have for any lake cottage.

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The light fixtures are round flush mounts that mimic nautical lighting but not in the cheesy sense….I just bought these from Home Depot. We have low ceilings and wanted to keep them tight to the ceiling to make the space seem more open…..especially since this is the center of the home.

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The knobs are all mixed, as all kitchen should have! There is nothing I hate more that a kitchen with 52 of the same knobs!! The drawers are nickel cup hooks, the doors in the kitchen are glass knobs for the vintage appeal and the doors on both built in units have stainless ship cleats purchased from a marine supply company. Mixing up your hardware just add to the character of the space.

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So whats next? Lets reveal that living room…..

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It made a pretty cute transformation! We had a white blank canvas to work with. I ordered this slip-covered sleeper sofa from Pottery Barn in Textured Linen for a comfortable relaxed look. The rug is a chenille and jute from one of my rug lines that is super soft on the toes.

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The tables and pillows also came from a few scattered lines I carry at AHID. The reclaimed map of the Great Lake was done by a local artist in Kalamazoo. My client was the one who found him….and this is my favorite thing in the room!! I just ordered one for myself too! What a talent!

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The sconces were replaced with new nickel outdoor lighting from Home Depot. I love these sconces and why not use exterior wall lights inside a lake house?

The fireplace and mantle made the biggest creative transformations.

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The old fireplace was two different kinds of brick that by no means matched. We had to paint it or cover it. I chose to paint it and keep the budget down. I tried to explain to the painter what I wanted and she wasnt getting it, so to keep this project on track, I just dove in and painted it myself! I got on Pinterest, found the look I wanted and followed a bloggers tutorial. I wish I remembered who because I would totally give her credit! It turned out great! It was just white-washing with the right amount of wall paint (which we already had) mixed with water and a rag technique.

The mantle was just a solid piece of wood….kind of non-descriptive. My decorative painter was at the cottage one day dropping off a table and suggested I put barn wood up there.

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Months later, we bought a few 100 year old barn boards and my carpenter showed us how talented he is.

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He skinned the old mantle and it turned out beautiful….like it was here all along!

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Right off the Living Room is this cute little porch addition. The windows face the lake and this small space leads you right to the water. I guarantee that this is going to be my clients favorite spot in the house.

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We decided to put another sleeper sofa in here for overflow guests as well. This little 1200 sq. feet can sleep 10 if you can believe it!! This sleeper sofa is also from Pottery Barn and slip-covered in Texture Twill Metal Gray.

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The ottoman actually belongs with a PB chair we are still waiting for. Both are covered in Pottery Barns new Performance Awning Stripe, which is actually an indoor outdoor fabric. Dont you want to curl up on this sofa with a beer and relax?

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I also added a sideboard with board game storage on the opposite wall. The sideboard and all weather wicker arm chair are from World Market. A couple more pops of coral in the lamps and accessories to tie all the rooms together.

Off the living room is a tiny hallway that leads to the master bedroom and only bathroom.

Look at this hot mess….

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I just found the before photo of the bedroom and need to share it!

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It is a tiny bedroom, but we kept it simple.

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I kept the same color scheme in here as the living room, kitchen and sun porch. Just pops of coral but I went a bit further with the dresser and artwork to add some fun. The Client needed to have a queen bed in here for comfort sake, so we were very limited on space. The bed is from Ikea and so is the floor lamp. The bedding is Pottery Barn.  wall lake 9

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I think this room made quite a transformation, don’t you?

Across the hall is the only bathroom in the cottage. This room was in terrible shape and had to be gutted. Lets look at the before again…..it actually looks better in pictures then it did in person!

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We put up new drywall and replaced the 3 foot shower stall with a 6 foot tub. I kept the decor very simple and just painted the walls Rockport Gray from Benjamin Moore. The shower curtain is a basic white. We had extra space left over in the corner after the shower was installed. My carpenter built me floor to ceiling shelves and skinned them with white laminate for easy cleaning.

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The vanity is from Home Depot. It is all white with a white marble top to add a bit of luxury at the lake. The light fixture is Murray Feiss and the faucets are all American Standard. The anchor towels and rug are all from West Elm.

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I kept the flooring very simple with standard white hexagonal tile sheets from Home Depot. I used a darker grout to match the warm gray in the driftwood flooring throughout the house. I did this for two reasons…I hate white grout (who wants to keep that clean?) and I wanted the tile pattern to stand out and add interest to this tiny bathroom.

On the other side of the house, just beyond the kitchen, are a few other rooms.

Lets start with the small dining area. Its so hard to imagine that a few months ago, this is what it looked like….seriously only in my nightmares!

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We started with a white blank canvas again.

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Then, I found this cute table and chairs from my super talented decorative painter, Becky at Urban Revival. The chandelier is from Pottery Barn. The table accessories are World Market. The rug is still on order and is just a simple braided jute.

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Off the dining room is the clients boys Bunk Room. Above is what it looked like before. Man, did these people love an oak ceiling fan too!

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The room has two sets of bunks decorated in more primary red and blues. The sheets and bedding are Tommy Hilfiger. This room got closet doors, which were in the attic? and we carried the driftwood flooring in here as well.

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Becky painted these cute side chairs as well….this room is so close to the dining area, that I made sure there were extra scattered for visitors. If we can sleep 10, then we need to seat 10 to eat, inside and out!

The last room has made the biggest transformation. This is the laundry room, and also how you enter the house from the garage. Check out that before….

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Yes….that is a stack-able washer and dryer in the middle of the floor. Yes, they are draining into that hideous sink. What are people thinking????

We ditched the sink and my awesome carpenter from CE Squared Construction came up with a solution. What do you think of this????

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While he was solving my laundry problems, he also made this useless coat closet into a mudroom directly across the room!!! So talented!! I love how this turned out.

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Check out the Before compared to the After….

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The seat opens up for storage and the coat hooks are boat cleats straight from the local marina.

I think these clients are officially ready for summer in Michigan!!

Thanks for visiting my latest project. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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West Gull Lake Client Update

Another client update! If you read back in my blog, I began my work with these clients in their study. It was an absolute blank canvas. We warmed it up and made it a great place to work from home or for the kids to lounge on their lap tops for homework. This family is a family of 5 so every space I design for them has to be casual and kid friendly. This house was very traditional and formal when they moved in. Little by little we have made it a reflection on their tastes and personality. Taking “Traditional” to “Transitional” is the way I like to look at it!

So after the study, the next project was painting almost the entire first floor.

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We went with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for all of the common areas,

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while adding a pop of Benjamin Moore Evening Dove to the dining area.

Next on the list was to tackle the focal point of this open space…..the fireplace. Again, another client who hates their fireplace! Actually, all of my clients have fireplace issues! Why do these builders do such crazy things!?!?! The East Side of the State was the “Land of Ugly Kitchens”….maybe the West Side is the “Land of Terrible Fireplaces” !! Check out that pink marble….

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So as you can see, we had some updating to do. This is a young family…..and in all reality, this did not reflect either of this couples personality. They like a more contemporary transitional look….dark grays, rich leather.

First we decided what we wanted to do with the fireplace. We chose a stacked stone and took it all of the way to the ceiling to draw your eye up to the ceiling. This is a tall room and we wanted to accentuate that! We installed the TV over the fireplace to maintain the existing built ins. One of those cabinets housed a tiny TV on a slide out shelf….this family enjoys sports and movies. That little 25″ isn’t going to cut it!

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And those built ins needed to pop more so we decided to paint them a darker color rather than the trim color. We decided on Benjamin Moore Deep Creek 1477.

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The bookshelves and fireplace look amazing now!!! The stone draws your eye directly to this beautiful focal point in the room….and the TV is the envy of all of the dads on Gull Lake 😉 Check out that mantle! We ordered that from Antique Beams and Boards in Ohio. What an amazing resource that is!!

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The next step is to furnish this family room with comfortable furniture that can stand up to 3 kids and a dog with out sacrificing aesthetics. We turned to Pottery Barn and ordered the Turner Square Leather Sectional. I have to admit that over the years Pottery Barn has not won me over on their upholstered pieces but, even I have “Sectional Envy”. This sectional has proven to be well worth the price tag and the clients could not be happier. We scattered a mixture of pillows with accents of Navy and Orange….both accent colors the couple agreed upon.

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We ordered the Sweep Armchair from West Elm in a blue chenille tweed fabric. A perfect accent with the sofa for alternate seating. Some accessories, an ottoman, chandelier and a sofa table complete the look of the room. I even bought some books with navy hard covers to draw our accent color into the bookshelves.

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Notice all of the mullions have been removed from the large windows overlooking the lake. This really opened them up more and gave a more contemporary feel. Such a small change can alter the entire look of the space. Why no window treatments you ask?? One of the clients doesn’t love the look of draperies on every window so, we let the view draw your eye without dressing the windows further.

The Family Room is open to the dining room so that was the next space that needed to be addressed.

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The Dining Room before was very formal and the family never felt comfortable in this space. Check out the chandelier….doesn’t scream young family does it??  This is a family of five and they couldn’t all fit around this round table for holiday dinners let alone family meals.

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First things first….we ordered a table made from reclaimed barn wood. A reclaimed table cant get much more durable for a family with young kiddos. This table was custom made and shipped to the client. We ordered simple linen chairs to complement the colors in the new area rug. The navy accent walls make the navy pop out of the area rug and tie nicely to the navy in the family room.

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A new contemporary chandelier was added….I am in love with it, by the way!!

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What a transformation!

Now, all of the these spaces in this very “Traditional” custom Gull Lake Home have been converted to a more updated  “Transitional” style.

Texas Township Client Update

As I am going through my files, I realized I haven’t posted an update about my clients in Texas Township. This couple, like so many I meet with, moved to the Kalamazoo area from a much more urban area where they had less square footage in their last home. They arrived in the new home and were over whelmed with how to fill the space and make it feel like home. Here are some pictures from last spring when they had just moved in.

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The entire home was painted in very dark chocolate tones, so our first task was to get some painters in there to lighten it up!

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We chose Benjamin Moore 991 Grege Avenue for the Kitchen, Family Room, Foyer and Living room.

Next on to the fun part…furniture!!! We shopped at some local stores and came up with a color scheme for each space.

The Living Room was the first room we purchased furniture for. We used the stone from the fireplace to dictate the jewel tones we would pull as accents into the room.

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We went with a simple gray sofa and fell in love with these chairs!!

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One of the rugs I carry in my exclusive line, tables, lamps and hand picked accessories to bring those built-ins to life! We added pops of navy to coordinate with the eggplant. My client loves jewel tones and I think this was the best way to give her that while keeping it light and casual for this growing family.

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This was the final look this fall….we still have a few outstanding issues like the artwork over the fireplace. My client loves this photographer from New York, so we need to have this specific photo re-framed with a larger frame and mat or enlarged. She hasn’t decided yet.

So next up was the nook table. The light above the table was very small, they needed a new table and a rug to add a pop of color.

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We chose the light fixture no problem but they really went out of their comfort zone on the rug.

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I suggested this rug because it ties the living room and the family colors together….not to mention it hides a multitude of sins in a home with two small kiddos.

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This is what we ended up with and I think it is a huge improvement over what was there initially. I wish I had a photo of the old country oak table and indoor/outdoor rug that was here!

The next space we moved to is the family room. This space needed new furniture as well so we ordered brown leather sectional from my favorite local furniture store, Talsma and some side tables.

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We decided on a Navy and Orange color scheme to bring the navy from the living room.

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When I took these pictures we still had furniture on order. These two light linen chairs will flank the window opposite the sectional and this hammered copper top end table will divide them.

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I also ordered this end table for the end of the sectional, to bring in that rustic wood element that is also in the large round tray on the ottoman.

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I accessorized the book shelves in here too and because this room is more casual, we went with a large round ottomon in a linen to break up the leather.

So what is next? Well, we painted the study, master bedroom and all of the kids rooms but they are all still a work in progress.

The Master is the next main focus. Here is the before….

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We are keeping all of the furniture but have ordered new bedding from Pottery Barn.

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I chose Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue HC-143 and it has hit the walls but I have yet to see the bedding with it.

I cant wait to get some pattern in there!!

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We still need lamps, which I have selected from one of my lines….I am just waiting for the client to tell me her fav.

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 Which is yours??

So, hopefully in a few weeks we will have some more progress on this projects and I can get more pictures on here! Stay tuned……

The masculine study project is coming together!!

Sorry, I have been neglecting my blog the past two weeks. I took a little Fall trip to see my family at our cabin in the Pocono Mountains. It is so beautiful up there in the fall….I came back with some inspiration for sure!

My study project is in a home here on the lake but, very different than my house. The style of my home is more ‘lake cottage’ while, this one is a bit larger, on a heavily wooded channel, and it was built as a custom family suburban home. When designing a room, you have to make sure your are keeping the style of the home in mind. That is why we came up with more of a ‘masculine lodge’ look for the study, but my clients are young and pretty trendy, so we wanted to squeeze in a bit of the ‘Industrial Chic’ style they are drawn to.

Last night I stopped by to see the progress.

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The Chairs and Sofa have arrived but we have a lot more work to do!

Love those chairs by the way!!

 We definitely need to add color with throw pillows, need a new paint color and a new desk and end table…..and artwork!

We need to warm up those walls!

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On our Thursday meeting, I may suggest some of these pillows from Pottery Barn.

I love Pottery Barn pillows because they sell covers and inserts you can change with your mood or seasonally.

Anyone who knows me, knows I have many moods, so changing pillows is a requirement, in my world!

It gives an entire new look to a room.

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We have some blank walls that need to be filled up.

I am thinking a antiqued mirror like this one over the console, flanked with some tall candlestick lamps like I specified in the last post.

I am holding out for an antique brass lamp with a black shade, so we haven’t ordered those just yet.

Some nicely framed memorabilia and a map of Gull Lake were also discussed.

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We did order this coffee table last night instead of the black ottomans.

The clients had originally wanted one or two large ottomans in the center of the seating area but, we compromised on this table, which I think will look great and add the rustic quality they like.

Imagine some books stacked on top about Sailing and Golf…..after all, that’s what living on Gull Lake is about!

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We also talked paint colors.

The common area of their home is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, so we wanted to play on that a bit…..maybe a few shades darker?

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We are thinking about going a few shades darker with Benjamin Moore Squirrel Tail, because the room is large, bright and needs a cozy grey to warm it up.

The beige that exists now needs an update and, the trim desperately needs to be white, to give the room some depth.

I also chose a few other similar colors and we will put samples up to make the choice.

This room gets lots of light, and I have found that this is the safe way to choose a color.

Every color is different and the same color can look different in two separate spaces.

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The desk that exists now is too deep so we are going to need a smaller desk.

The client has had his eye on this one from World Market, so I am hoping he decides to go with it.

Well, off to shop for lamps, pillows, paint and artwork!

I cant wait to share the next steps in the project with all of you!