Wednesday, March 31, 2010

a day at the lake


Doesn't this image look like it came straight from a magazine? It's actually from my friend Diane's lakehouse. She's not a professional decorator, but, man, she can put a house together. We recently went down to her lakehouse on a warm morning last week, but of course, I was much more interested in the interior than in the lake....

The picture above is from the master bedroom. Diane painted an antique chest black and her husband painted a piece of found driftwood white. 




an antique card catalogue
 holds mercury glass containers




a vintage bottle collection





an antique pine hutch in the den



a beautiful painted chest in a guest bedroom




fabulous hand scraped floors
 run throughout the house


an antique industrial cart as a coffee table


this one is not from Restoration Hardware!
it's the real thing - from an old textile mill


hall chest


the shell of an old kayak mounted on a wall



oh, yes,...and the lake.....minor detail

My thanks to Diane for sharing her house and talents with us...  

44 comments:

the vintage wren said...

Your friend Diane and her husband have a beautiful lake house...so jealous. I love everything. I saw a cart like that at the antique store the other day, I would so love to have one of my own. Thanks for sharing. Lovely photography. take Care, Carrie

Shorely Chic said...

Okay, your friend should be a decorator!! Her house is gorgeous and she has such an eye!! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Ooooh, she's good!

Maman de trois petit rois said...

um, when are you and Diane coming to visit me at the beach... this is gorgeous!

Razmataz said...

What an incredible house! Diane is very skilled at styling. It is so simple yet so striking!! That painted driftwood is lovely. How I would love to lounge on that big squishy sofa and gaze at the lake.

doug said...

love seeing stuff NOT out of a magazine...thanks for sharing!

Nicole Lanteri said...

Such a lovely home!

charmaine said...

Wow, what a beautiful lake house! She is good!

Paisley said...

Oh my those floors are my dream floors! Your friend should share some of her favorite places to shop for these treasures!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

It's beautiful! The colors are dreamy, and the lake.. oh my! xo

cityfarmer said...

can i come out and play ... perty perty please

Design Esquire said...

Holy cow! The whole house could be in a magazine. The lake is an afterthought - which is saying something, considering how pretty it is. I am so glad your friend shared her home with us.

alice said...

I especially love the color of her painted furnishings... each is so pretty!

junghwa by Amy Stewart said...

Your friend has such amazing things. And that hardwood floor is freaking gorgeous!

-Amy

Rebecca said...

That house is beautiful! I am curious what color of grey was used to paint the dressers?

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

That "minor detail" of a view!

*thunk*

Just me swooning....

Kim Lemmon said...

It's good to know I'm not the only one who would forego visiting the lake to see the fabulous interior. Great post, great ideas! Thanks !!

Barbara said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! But I'm loving that dark chest with the white driftwood!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

That antique card cataloque......can I have it? Oh, and the lake view too. Beautiful.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Vintage card catalogs and antique bottles and antlers, oh my! Lovely home!

Kerry said...

Awesome...and I don't say that a lot! Beautiful details, great placement, gorgeous view...how could they ever leave it? But if they do, can I have it instead!!

Anne Hammett said...

Your friend Diane certainly has a gift for presentation. The card catalogue topped with mercury glass is so cool! I love this kind of contrast. All of this plus a lakeside location... wow!Thanks for sharing. Take care,
Anne

Naomi said...

gorgeous- what a great eye she has! love the little collections

LenkaLovee said...

that's gorgeous! wow! :)
i do believe your friend may need to change careers and become a decorater! ;)

paula said...

this place is absolutely stunning! I wouldn't mind taking home the mirrors.

La Dolfina said...

What an amazing abode your friend has... and that view, Oh my!

Simply Defined Design said...

Great Place! I love the organic wood pieces. Perfect flow for a lake home!!
Thanks Diane!!! Best, Connie

The Zhush said...

Her house is drop dead gorgeous! And, clearly, birds of a feather...and all that! :)

The Shiny Pebble said...

Fantastic. I am in love with the black capped banister in the stair railing. Also, how fantastic that kayak!?

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

I don't know what I like more - that view or the beautiful interior! Thank Diane for sharing with us!

Holly Goes Lightly said...

Wow. Just... wow.

Julian said...

Beautiful ! Where did she get that oval mirror- I just found your blog and love it.

bluehydrangea said...

Love it, love it all. Simple but beautiful!!! If this is her lake house what does her town house look like?

Splendid Willow said...

What is not to love! I can't get over that white painted drift wood.
Why did not I think of that!

ox, Mon

Tades said...

Let me know if she ever decides she doesn't want that antique card catalogue - like that would ever happen! ;)

A Perfect Gray said...

Hi, Rebecca! Of the three chests photographed, the only one Diane painted herself was the black one. Both of the gray ones are new and were purchased as you see them. I wish I could tell you the color names. They are beautiful, aren't they?

A Perfect Gray said...

Julian, you asked about the oval mirror - if you can believe this - Diane and I found it at a Home Goods store. We had seen them at higher end home furnishings stores for much more and happend to luck up one day, and of course, we snapped it up. Diane didn't know exactly where she was gonna use it - but as you can see, it looks terrific at the lake.

A Perfect Gray said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments. Diane is as beautiful as her lakehouse. You all are so gracious!

my favorite and my best said...

her house gives me a fatty.

Kathysue said...

Your friend Diane knows how to create a lovely,warm and interesting home. Love all the images you shared, Kathysue

Balsamo Antiques and Interior Design said...

love the mercury glass
big collector here
cant beat the patina

ray

Charlotta Ward said...

All of it is heaven!
That old card catalogue unit... *sigh*
The floors, the quirky detail and her fab little collections.

What a great house - so much soul!

xCharlotta

Windlost said...

Wow Donna, she really knows what she's doing! Not a bad house to start with either. I love every room - she has great style! Thanks for sharing...


xo Terri

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

A friend with a lakehouse...you have a nicr set of friends...lol...

Blessed

Mr. Goodwill Hunting
http://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com