Holiday House Tour: Simple Traditions | Midwest Living

Holiday House Tour: Simple Traditions

A Michigan lake home welcomes family gatherings with its timeless style.

Old-fashioned styling

Back stairs leading up to the sewing room show old-fashioned architectural styling from a simple newel post and porch-style railing.

Cozy scale

Low paneled ceilings give a cozy scale to the 28-foot-long living room.

Lodge feel

The home's design and surroundings create the sense of visiting a park lodge. The owners wanted the home to look like it might have been moved from the nearby community of cottages built from the 1980s to the 1920s.

Inventive island

An old table used as a kitchen island is the perfect height for rolling out pies and batches of Christmas cookies.

Woodsy dining

Family meals around the antique sawbuck table are set aglow by a moose antler chandelier from a second-hand store.

Cupboard collections

A white pottery collection and plenty of firewood for wintry nights fit snugly into an antique cupboard.

Upstairs nooks

Cozy nooks abound in upstairs rooms thanks to dormers along the roof.

Master bedroom

The master suite's bedside table is "the only new piece of wood furniture I ever bought besides the dining room chairs," says the homeowner.

Bright sewing room

Ten windows brighten the sewing room, where sunlight bounces off white walls, sloped ceilings and a hand-painted floor.

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