House Tour: Eclectic Lake Cottage | Midwest Living

House Tour: Eclectic Lake Cottage

All those random items you love can add up to a great-looking home. This Michigan cottage shows how to make eclectic work, with its mix of antiques, modern furniture and outsider art.

Beaded board stairwell

Vertical and horizontal wood on the stairwell creates visual energy.

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.

Classic entry

The stained wood door is one of the original items saved during remodeling.

Color accents

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.

Kitchen charm

Stock cabinets feature custom glass doors echoing the home’s new windows.

Recycled pillow

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.

Bedroom art

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.

Kitchen art

The kitchen features outsider art created by scraping scraps of wood.

Cozy exterior

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. 

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