Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Indiana Beauty on Lake Maxinkuckee

This Lake Maxinkuckee, Indiana, summer home designed by architect Gary Nance, is a wonderful summer home for this family of four.

The homeowners bought a smaller summer home on this lot in the late 80s, but as their two boys grew older and the extended family became larger, they decided to build a new larger residence, but wanted it to look as if it had been there for years.  So, in 2006, Gary Nance and a friend of the homeowners, Suzanne Kasler (yes that Suzanne Kasler! - the well-known and very talented interior designer), came together and collaborated on the design and interiors.

With a large and beautiful collection of quilts, weathervanes and blue and white china, it was important to have a background that would accommodate it all with some kind of order.

So, the house was designed with planked walls (vertical and horizontal), dark walnut floors, beadboard ceilings, sloped ceilings, shelves, nooks and crannies, all white walls and different trim throughout the house to make it look as if it had been added onto over the years - as cottages often are.  And the all-white walls were a perfect backdrop for the colorful quilts and collections.

The result is a wonderful mix of old and new for this large extended family to enjoy.

A colorful quilt hanging in the stairwell.

Love the mixed spindles and, of course, the quilts add the perfect jolt of color.

Notice the blue ceiling.

Lovely master bedroom and bath below.

These wicker chairs are from the estate of the late Bette Davis!
Love the yellow chintz with the blue chairs and area rug.
The walls in this room look like board and batten.
The transom windows are not only pretty but allow that extra amount of light into the room.
Beautiful guest room!

The wall nook is a perfect addition to this space.

A mural of Lake Maxinkuckee in the mudroom.

Looks like the owners enjoy dining on the boat dock!

Architect Gary Nance
Interior Design Suzanne Kasler
Traditional Home

Monday, May 30, 2016

Moodboard Monday - Sky Blue

Good morning everyone!  Hope you had a nice weekend and are ready for the busy week ahead.

I have a gorgeous color for you to enjoy today - sky blue.  The moodboard is from the current issue of House Beautiful magazine which just seems to get better each month!  Gorgeous ideas there!

Hope these pretty pics and soft sky blue colors put you in the mood for relaxation today.......and will help you to 'keep calm and carry on'!  After all, that's what soft blue does......has that calming effect.......!


House Beautiful

Carla Aston Blog


This Ivy House Tumblr

Daisy Bracelet

Urban Electric Co.

Vintage Blue Dauphine Wallpaper
Ralph Lauren


John Stefanidis

Leta Austin Foster

John Stefanidis

Chinoiserie Chic

Tory Burch

Teresa Moolman Tumblr


Sence of Style

Sence of Style


Timothy Corrigan

A Girl and Her Pearls 

Lazy Bones USA

Berthe Morisot

Walter Ernest Webster



Friday, May 27, 2016

A Room of Her Own - Charlotte Moss

Sometimes all a woman needs is a reading corner where she can enjoy a little solitude and spend some time catching up with her reading!

Charlotte Moss

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Colorful Summer Home

This spectacular summer home on a Michigan lake was built to accommodate the homeowner's complete family - three grown married children and ten grandchildren.

The interiors were designed by one of my favorite designers, Elizabeth Schmidt.  Elizabeth was a friend of the homeowners and had worked with them on their other residence and knew that the homeowner loved these bright Lilly Pulitzer-like colors.

As you will see below, the outcome is a perfect blend of bright, cheerful and sunny colors and details resulting in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere for young and old.

 Aren't these scrumptious colors?


Notice the whitewashed hardwood floors throughout.

The pantry is painted in Benjamin Moore's 'Swiss Blue'.

A farmhouse table is perfect for this space.

 This porch with a built in barbecue is nice to have!

Master bathroom painted in Benjamin Moore 'Pink Carnation'

 Mudroom with baskets for the grandchildren's supplies.

The six granddaughters share a room with 3 four-poster beds with trundles.  Love it!
The four grandsons also share a bedroom with two bright red trundle beds which wasn't shown.

One of the three guest suites with balconies for the homeowner's three married children.

Guest bathroom

The grandchildren's playroom.

Elizabeth Schmidt Designs

To see another of Elizabeth Schmidt's designs, click here.