To make the most of the home's floor plan (and create even more space for entertaining), the designers converted the basement into a den. A built-in entertainment unit houses the TV, with shelves on either side for DVDs, while a sectional and ottoman encourage everyone to cuddle up for a movie night.
This cozy den simply wouldn't be complete without a fireplace. Notice how the designers used wood beams and a wood entertainment center to complement the rustic feature and make it feel like a natural part of the room.
Now here's a powder room that's not afraid to make a statement! Patterned wallpaper in gray adds interest and intrigue to the space, while glass pendants, a metallic mirror and a marble-topped vanity pull in some shimmer.
Turning left off the living room leads visitors into the dining area. Here, a modern wood table and eight gray slipper chairs create a stylish spot to break bread, while reclaimed wood beams and a Craftsman-esque door continue the rustic touches.
Because so much of this bathroom is defined by clean lines, the designers brought in a round tub for visual interest. The metallic finish of the feature complements the pulls on the vanity, and so it effectively ties the space together.
Designing a home for one family can be a challenge, but designing a home to be shared by two brothers’ families? That’s another proposition altogether — and one architect Matthew Collins of Uptic Studios met with the help of an open layout. “The goal of the project was to create a modern log cabin on Coeur D’Alene Lake in North Idaho,” he explains. “Uptic Studios considered the combined occupancy of two families, providing separate spaces for privacy and common rooms that bring everyone together comfortably under one roof. And we not only had to take into account the space itself, but also all of the people who would be living there. One of the brothers in the family is a chef, so we kept that in mind when designing the open kitchen and living room. We made sure to create a common room just off the kitchen, to bring everyone together. A delicate balance of natural materials and custom amenities fill the interior spaces with stunning views of the lake from almost every angle.”
Stepping into the living room reveals soaring ceilings accentuated by reclaimed wood beams. An oversized rug anchors the sitting area below, with a large neutral sofa and two chevron-patterned armchairs layered on top. A piano invites the whole family to sing carols at Christmas time.
An open plan kitchen is a must for a lake house that often hosts a crowd. White walls and delicate pendant lights uplift the space, while a reclaimed wood ceiling and island infuse it with warmth and rustic personality. Five barstools encourage guests to take a seat and chat with the chef.
A wall-to-wall mirror reflects the natural light in this master bathroom, opening the space up and making it seem even larger! To contrast the crisp white walls, the designers brought in a dark, reclaimed wood vanity with his-and-her sinks and a caged chandelier in black. A round, metallic tub waits in the corner for when the owners need to relax before bed.
From the hallway, guests can enjoy a glimpse of the living room and -- just beyond that -- the gorgeous lake views. Reclaimed wood beams and a stone accent wall bring in some natural texture and speak to the lake house's rustic location.
The great room in a lakeside living room has a nestled sofa and a fireplace large enough in which to stand. Carter Kay Interiors was tasked with giving the room a more human scale and creating a welcoming, cozy environment for small and large gatherings. The custom high-back Saladino sofa is scaled to relate to the fireplace opening and mantel. The designers had horizontal iron rods made for the draperies and had those same rods turn the corner, adding vertical straps to create an ever-changing art wall. The room also has a vintage iron and suede chair, a pair of iron lamps and lots of pillows for a cozy corner to watch the boats float by. The room is very carefully layered with rugs: sisal, Moroccan and hide, and textured chairs.
When you swap out holiday plates for items you use in your home throughout the year, look for new ways to display old pieces. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs in South Carolina used vintage milk glass for this tablescape, including setting one bowl on top of a cake plate. The dishes already have a wintery white look. She filled them with paperwhite bulbs that complement the pinecones on the table, knowing they will bring even more warmth to the interiors when they bloom. “I love the texture of the bulb itself,” she adds.
The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels. The flat-roofed family room needed a pitched roof to blend with the existing house, but the roof, along with the turret, couldn’t block existing windows. To accomplish the homeowners’ vision, interior walls had to be removed, but they were constructed of clay blocks, which supported two-story block walls above. We continued the 16:12 pitched roof over the existing family room, but shifted it back to allow light into the third-story window. The same pitched roof covers the garage addition, but a reverse gable with paneled accents provides interest and a carriage house feel.
Wool rugs are easy to clean and have fibers that contain lanolin, a natural stain repellent. They're a smart choice for family rooms, where kids and pets spend most of their time. "This open, second floor media room overlooks the living room below. We needed a strong anchor to be the foundation of the space and to define the character of the room. Merida's classic buffalo check was the perfect solution — boldly inviting guests to gather for conversation, nestle in with a book or cluster for watching movies. The check pattern instantly conveys a sense of warmth and familiarity. Additionally, our clients planned to using this space to watch sporting events — so we needed something to withstand rowdy sports fans and the beautiful, quality wool construction of this rug meant it was the perfect yet practical fit," says the designers at Foley & Cox Interiors.
If paint is peeling on the exterior of your house, sun and water can damage the wood underneath. Frank Lesh, owner of Home Sweet Home Inspection Company in Indian Head Park, Ill., recommends scraping down to bare wood, priming and allowing the primer to dry before applying new paint. “Paint at the right time of day, which is after the sun has faded away from the area you’re painting,” he says, “because sun evaporates the paint material too quickly.”
Peeling interior paint is an issue if it’s peeling off in rough squares, like an alligator’s skin. That’s a sign that lead-based paint is underneath, so if the area is large or if you have small children (who are very susceptible to damage from lead poisoning), consult a professional about removal.