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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