Oh hello friends!
It’s been a minute (or a few months). My apologies. Spring has been crazy and unfortunately the blog got pushed to the bottom of the priority list.
However, I’ve been squirreling away post ideas so let the comeback begin.
First up, the lake house!
Remember how we bought that last year? And then I never talked about it again?
I promise I wasn’t trying to be coy, we were just trying to get to know the house before we made any big decisions.
I don’t think Mike knows that’s what we were doing either, but just go with me for a minute...
You see, I was trying to figure out what direction I wanted it the house to go. I’ve always love, love, LOVED Thom Filicia’s lake house…
...what's not to love right?
In my heart-of-hearts I wanted to take the house in the direction of Felicia....think Adirondacks, National Parks and Scout Camps of old....navy blue, hunter green, wool blankets and family heirlooms. You get the idea.
However, a small part of me was tempted by the thrill that I get everytime I open a Serena & Lily catalog. The blue and white, the pops of red, the easy breezy freshness of it all. I simultaneously dream of Nantucket and Southern California each time I crack open the catalog.
However, the two styles were so wildly different in my mind.
So, what to do? What to do? I’m not usually so black and white, but it had to be one or the other.
Well, after spending more time at the house, it became obvious what the house wanted to do.
Can you guess?
It wanted to be a camp house.
How did I know?
Because the whole California idea was making me want to tear the whole house down and start fresh. And that seemed ridiculous because I love the house. The “camp style” lets the house live as it is….wood panel walls and green bathroom tiles included. It feels easier to embrace the essence of the house than try to fight it. Plus, that was what I wanted to do from the get go.
So, that’s what we’re going to do.
This week I was pulling ideas and inspiration to embrace the camp vibe, when I came across this house from Elle Decor.
Of course I tucked it away when it was originally published, but life happened and I never posted about it. Now seems like the perfect time to delve in because it captures everything that I want to do with the lake...the general essence is the same (at least in my brain).
The insanely talented Rita Konig is responsible for the magic behind this home and she absolutely nails it. It’s incredibly hard to start from scratch and create a home that feels like it has been slowly collected over time. However, that is Konig’s speciality. She crafts spaces in a way that makes them feel tied together by the patina of time (even if that wasn’t on her side).
Konig captures it best with this sentiment...
This bedroom manages to feel fresh and relevant, while simultaneously feeling like it has been this way for years. I'm absolutely obsessed with the bamboo shades and I feel like Konig might be my brown-furniture-spirit-animal. Also, just to contradict myself, I recently used this gorgeous Serena & Lily cane bed in a project (similar to this one)...so maybe the two styles can live harmoniously.
I would never have thought to use this Josef Frank fabric here. My brain would have gone to Liberty or something more traditional, but that's why I'm not Rita Konig. The Frank fabric is the perfect pop that the room needs to keep it from feeling too old fashioned. And those painted floors? Perfectly charming.
I could live in this breakfast nook. LIVE. Just throw me a pillow and I'll move onto that spindle bench. I don't gravitate towards botanical prints, but of course this one has me swooning.
More painted floors? Yes please.
We were without a coffee table for about eight months until I finally stumbled upon the perfect trunk at a yard sale for $15. It was absolutely worth the wait. Clearly, Konig would agree. This outdoor space feels like an extension of the house with the cozy cushions and mossy tiles.
Lastly, the perfect nook for any house. We have a bay window that might be begging for a bench like this. Ok maybe I just want to copy-cat everything about this place. You can't blame me.
If you're interested, you can follow our lake house progress on Instagram (I promise I'll be better about sharing!).