We were delighted to transform this charming lake home and guest house into a luxury vacation home for our clients to relax and enjoy the outdoors. An elegant scheme featuring custom furniture and hand-embroidered fabrics creates a welcoming home away from home.

Set in Northern Michigan with views over Walloon Lake, the lakefront property was a unique find that our clients soon fell in love with. We were commissioned to help them create their ideal home, which would welcome friends and family from near and far with color and warmth.

As with many older homes, the original layout, while spacious, was not exactly what the family needed. Our first call of duty was to consider how the space could be reworked to suit our clients’ lifestyle. To mitigate this, we began by stripping back the layers of previous decoration to reveal the extraordinary bones of the property and then set out to sensitively reconfigure the space to be better for modern living.

To fulfill our clients’ love of entertaining we removed the formal dining room to create a large open kitchen plan and informal dining area. To enhance the character of the new rooms, we designed unique details like wooden beams, stone walls, a large custom stone fireplace and detailed wooden paneling. The final challenge of creating an elegant aesthetic was overcome by the use of warm and inviting colors, custom window coverings and classic patterned fabrics throughout the scheme.