The lakehouse is far from being complete. I think at least 80% of what we’ve done so far have been budget-friendly, temporary fixes while we plot more permanent changes, save up, and settle in. I’ve had a lot of fun making bold design decisions because it’s been liberating knowing that I don’t have to commit to them for long if I don’t want to. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about my taste and personal style. I’ve needed this freedom to really figure out what I like. For the first time since I picked up a decorating magazine at the age of eight, I’m really happy with my choices. Really happy. In the townhouse, I was always fussing, rearranging, and fiddling with things. It was partly because I just like fussing and rearranging, but it was also because I was never content. I’m obviously actively working on decorating the lakehouse, so you’ll still see lots of fussing I’m sure, but it’s no longer done with the same frustrated twitchiness that propelled my townhouse tweaking. Here I make decisions, see them come to fruition, and then sit back and sigh contentedly.
As we slowly start to embark on round two: tackling the permanent, less-gentle-on-the-wallet updates, I’m really thinking about what it is that
has made me so satisfied with the lakehouse, so I can be sure to capture that feeling again. Surely, the location helps – the lake is so calming that most days I feel totally blissed-out when I’m at home. But there’s more to it than that.
I joke that it’s because everything is aqua, but there’s some truth to how integral the colour palette has been to my enjoyment of the lakehouse. A cool, watery palette inspired by our lakeside locale has long been my goal and although I’ve been encouraged to add pops of red, I’ve held steadfast to my vision. Even though my palette isn’t super regimented – I allow a little yellow, pink and orange along with my more heavily emphasized greens, turquoises, blues and greys – I’m finding myself drawn to rooms with a restricted colour palette, even monochromatic spaces:
|Better Homes and Gardens
|The Interior Collective
|Better Homes and Gardens
|Better Homes and Gardens|
|House of Turquoise
Striking, aren’t they? There is something soothing about so many of these spaces – even when they feature a bold, saturated colour.
I’m still deconstructing what else I love (bolder textiles, the addition of walnut-stained wood, statement-making draperies…) about the lakehouse. Ultimately I’m learning to follow my instincts, even when they tell me to do wacky things and paint all the things aqua. What do you love most about your home?