House Tour: Eclectic Lake Cottage
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Antiques such as these croquet balls make up many of the artful displays in a 1,200-square-foot summer cottage by Lake Michigan.
The homeowner was prepared to raze the deteriorating 1920s cottage when he bought it, but then decided to renovate and redecorate.
Now its furnishings include modern metal-mesh chairs, a 1960s orange floor lamp, a clawfoot tub salvaged from a nearby field, and an Amish milking stool. The artwork is mostly by artists unknown by the typical gallery owner. But the sum of these seemingly random parts is a warm and charming home.
Living room mix
Eras and styles blend in the living room, where a 1950s beverage cart stands beside an Amish bench and a painting by self-taught artist Casey McGlynn.
The stained wood door is one of the original items saved during remodeling.
Removing a wall created a surprisingly large gathering room in the small cottage. Artwork stands out from the home’s white palette, which is splashed with color from pieces such as the quilt.
Beaded board stairwell
Vertical and horizontal wood on the stairwell creates visual energy.
Stock cabinets feature custom glass doors echoing the home’s new windows.
The chaise lounge’s pillow was made from a grain bag.
Old tub, new bath
An antique claw-foot tub sits in a dormer in a new bathroom carved out of attic space.
This bedroom features a painting of a woman by Lee Godie, famous among Chicago’s outsider artists.
Crazy quilt color
A Victorian crazy quilt decorates brings a big splash of color to this bedroom.
Attic bedroom storage
Shelves built into the eaves maximize storage in an attic bedroom.
The kitchen features outsider art created by scraping scraps of wood.
An Amish-made fence surrounds the yard and flower borders, while a casual grouping of chairs on the deck invites guests to kick back and relax.