As we start looking forward to mud season up in northern Wisconsin (hey, we can start dreaming now!), does your to-do list include opening up your lake cabin? You bet ours does!
A while back, we put together a great guide for bringing your lake house back to life after winter, so why reinvent the wheel this year?
Instead, we’re going to share 7 decorating tips to get those creative juices fired up and your cabin looking fresh and new!
Lake House Decorating Tip 1: Use Patterns to Add Elegance
We love the lake house/cabin vibe, but if you want to add a touch of elegance, some ornate, traditional patterns are the way to do it!
You could easily incorporate patterns into bedding, window treatments, or upholstery, but we especially love these fancy pillows. Not only do they look like a million bucks (without costing it), but you can easily swap them out with the seasons.
Plus, they’re small enough not to get too distressed with the daily come-and-go of lake life. Love it!
Lake House Decorating Tip 2: Mix Up Your Seating
Here’s a designers’ trick to bring some visual interest into your living or dining room… mix up the seating! Here, we paired handcrafted wooden chairs with high-backed upholstered ones.
The effect is casual but elegant, interesting but not overdone!
Lake House Decorating Tip 3: Use Ladders as Decorative Storage
Have you ever thought of using a ladder as blanket or towel storage? It’s functional and decorative!
If you have grandkids running around, just make sure to keep an eye on them. Those little rascals will see this ladder as an instant playground!
Lake House Decorating Tip 4: Ottoman or Coffee Table? Both!
We love extra-long ottomans, because they can double as coffee tables! Just get a nice tray for drinks or snacks, and you have a stylish, functional living room on your hands.
Lake House Decorating Tip 5: Change Your Life with a Cozy Porch
Imagine how different your lake house life would be with a porch swing like this?! Get lost in good books, watch your grandkids get up to mischief in the lake, and soak up some firefly-speckled sunsets…
Whether your future includes a cozy swing or not is up to you, but if you haven’t thought about your porch yet, consider spicing it up for comfort. Your summer on the lake will be all the merrier for it.
Lake House Decorating Tip 6: Sometimes Simple is Best
For your larger items, sometimes simple and functional is best. This armchair is sturdy, has great neutral upholstery for hiding years of use, and is a joy to sit in… that’s sounds like a perfect combination to us! You can always accessorize elsewhere to keep the space feeling lively.
Lake House Decorating Tip 7: Add Wisconsin Pride and Some Smiles!
There’s nothing like a little Sconnie pride to make you and your guests smile. Because life really IS better in Wisconsin. 😉
That’s it for today, but we’ll be back next month with more helpful advice. If you need a little decor for your space, or a team to redesign it, we’re ready to help!
Just stop by, give us a call, or sign up for our monthly lookbook.
Lakeside Living Design