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Lake Home Style

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

By Christie Weatherly

Lake home décor is always a matter of personal preference. The style and feel of every home is as varied as the people who live in them. It’s human nature for us all to want to add our own personal touches that make our dwelling feel like home. This is the story of our lake home on High Rock Lake and how we arrived at the look you see today.

My husband and I discovered very early in our marriage that we loved High Rock Lake. It was the 1980s, we were newly married, struggling to make ends meet but we had a small boat that we were only able to take to the lake on weekends. As we cruised High Rock and saw people enjoying the convenience of lake front living. We dreamed of having a place of our own one day. Fast forward to 2016 and we were finally able to purchase our own little slice of the High Rock Lake Life.”

River’s Edge is an amazing lakefront community. Sixteen two bedroom, two bath condos with a pool, private dock and boat ramp and one of the most amazing views on the lake. When we purchased our condo, we realized that it hadn’t been updated in 13 years. It was decision time. What would be our lake style? Rustic? Farmhouse? Modern? Or maybe just a combination? Then there is that pesky bump in the road that most of us face… a budget. How much can we and should we spend? The good news is that whatever style you decide on, there are many ways to create the environment you would like within a reasonable amount of money.

First decision…colors. My husband and I decided on the nautical colors of gray, navy, and white. We painted the entire condo the same color, Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams. This is also a blue gray that does not appear too cold and sterile. It’s a great color to open up spaces that are smaller and creates a soothing feeling of nature due to the blue undertones. It gave us continuity and a continuous flow. There was carpet in most of the living areas and bedrooms. We saved money where we could by investing in some sweat equity. We removed all the carpet, then the staples underneath ourselves, ripped up the old hardwood in the entryway and laminate in the kitchen.

We added gray granite countertops to kitchen that had a lot of movement.

After the dust from all the renovations had settled, it was time to decorate.

In the dining room, we bought a brown wooden round dining room table that seats six and completed the look with 6 wooden upholstered chairs. We painted the chairs a medium gray and I upholstered the chairs with a cream and gray patterned fabric. I added a gray wooden lantern for the centerpiece. We placed a large mirror that we bought for 15 dollars at a bargain shop. We painted it with chalk paint distressed it with gold.

In the living area, we chose a leather sofa and loveseat that would withstand lake living. I added navy and white pillows to both. I purchased a small round dining table that has a diamond patterned top that had been painted with white chalk paint. Again, this is a very durable table that can take wear and tear. I chose a gray upholstered coffee table that adds more seating for guests. I found a wicker chair at an antique store that I had the cushions upholstered in a navy and white pattern. Also, I found a white Chippendale chair that I upholstered in the same fabric as the wicker chair. We have a large light colored entertainment center that houses the TV and provided additional storage. The best part is I can close the cabinet and not see the TV! It is fun to add a couple of art pieces.