Making Some Fun Upgrades to the Lakehouse...

We are blessed to have a family lakehouse where we gather and have special times together.  We want a more rural and relaxed lifestyle in our everyday life...so...my husband and 
I have made the decision to make the lakehouse
 our full-time home in the next year or two!

This post is done in collaboration with PlumbTile



We have already begun making some upgrades.
(Excuse the mess...these are all workday shots.)
The house was very dark, with deep brown walls in many rooms.  We have begun painting the walls a light gray color, which is really making everything seem much brighter and more open...



The house has many details like arched doorways, old hardwood floors, and brick walls... and we are going to be re-doing it in a mid-century modern lakehouse/lodge design. (Yes, I LOVE modern design mixed with vintage!)


We decided to keep the original 1949 clear birch cabinets...but...


We replaced the 1980's handles and added modern light fixtures which is starting to give the room the style we are looking for...


There are lots of changes to come...
appliances, surfaces, sink, faucet.

I have many decisions to make...and thought I'd share some of my "dream kitchen wishlist" inspiration photos from PlumbTile with you today! They are Architectural Bath and Tile Specialists with a great online Kitchen and Bath Design Showroom. 
They have a low price guarantee, free shipping, 
and no sales tax outside of California.

The Zucchetti USA products have many beautiful faucet offerings!  I am especially attracted to the clean lines on these two designs.
I would choose a satin finish...



 My dream kitchen would have a farmhouse style sink...
like this fireclay double...




 and I really love the look of this one-piece stainless steel style...


PlumbTile's bath and kitchen tile selection really gets your creativity going...so many wonderful choices!
 The Porcelanosa Tile lines feature some great inspiration!  
Some of my favorites...






I am definitely inspired!  It's going to be a fun journey 
making our lakehouse, into our lakehome!

What would be on your dream kitchen list?

Thank you PlumbTile for partnering with me on this post! 
I love your products!

I received compensation from PlumbTile for this post...all opinions are my own.

Until next time...





32 comments

  1. I have always wanted to live by a lake. Water is so soothing to me! I can't wait until you move in and decorate it in the next year or so.
    Brenda

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  2. Best of luck. You will have so much fun re-doing everything. We're looking to retire to our lake house in 2 years too. We've been slowly working on it over the past few years to get it ready too. If it was up to my husband, we'd be moved down there already. :-)

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  3. How fun. I can't wait to follow along on your journey.

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  4. Its so great that you have a plan, Linda! I so hope we semi-retire to our lakehouse. My dream is that we spend summers there and winters in the city.

    I love what you've done. Those gorgeous cabinets should be kept, you are smart. Too many want to paint wood and I love it when it is a piece that needs jazzing up. Some wood is perfect and beautiful just as it is. My new cabinets are a deep sable brown. I love it and I don't want an all white kitchen. The tile you pictured is gorgeous. I must have looked for that for days on end. The stone-looking tile was high on my list. There is so much to choose from, it's confusing!

    I wish you all the best. Keep us posted!

    Jane

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  5. I had no idea they made tile that looked like wood!!! Love that idea. Can't wait to see all the mid-century modern/lakehouse/lodge elements you add in!

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  6. What fun! The changes will be fantastic - can't wait to see everything you do! Love your faucet choices and that tile is so fun! We've been working on our kitchen too; I'm making my dream of a cottage kitchen come to life. It's been really fun to see things come to life. :-)

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  7. How exciting. Glad you are keeping the birch cabinets. Can't wait to see all the changes you make to turn it into your full time home.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! It just seemed a shame not to use the original cabinets...just changing the handles made a huge difference!

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  8. Sounds great! Have a lovely journey...
    Warm hug from Titti

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  9. Wow, how exciting for you! Can't wait to see what you do!

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  10. Oh what your are going to have.... I'd love to have a rocking chair in my kitchen!

    Karen x

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  11. This is going to be such an exciting new adventure. Your lakehouse already looks so cozy, but I'm sure you'll have it fixed up just the way you want it. Enjoy!

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  12. How exciting Linda!!! Love your choices for the redo. The white farm sink is my favorite. Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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  13. How exciting, Linda! I can't wait to see all the changes you make - what a fun adventure!

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  14. This is going to be wonderful, Linda! I know you are just giddy thinking about all the decorating you are going to do. So good that the Lake-house already has 'good bones'! Love all the wonderful tiles and faucets. Can't wait to see it all come to life. Such a happy adventure! xx Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen! We go back and forth on where to do things...so many possibilities!

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  15. Oh I love this! You are going to make it beautiful. And get rid of those brown walls pronto! The kitchen is already shaping up to look so much more modern with just a few changes. Looking forward to the changes.

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    1. It was amazing how much difference the small changes actually made...we're looking forward to more!

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  16. How exciting. We just built a cabin in Western Mn. We love being back in our home state and are now thnkng of selling a lake house in another state and building a second small structure for garages ans guest quarters. ( we have one bedroom inour cabin!)

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    1. Fun! More bedrooms are definitely great to have! We get very creative with sleeping quarters!

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  17. Uffda, I didn't reread my comments...sorry for the errors

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  18. Oh what fun! I love the tile inspiration! Can't wait to follow along. :)

    Happy day friend!
    karianne

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  19. Wow! You will have fun creating with
    Your style and a beautiful backdrop! Ahhh.

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  20. How exciting to have such a lovely lakehouse for your home! I can't wait to watch your progress! I painted most of my home a pale gray several years ago and I absolutely love it.

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  21. How exciting! I have wanted a lakehouse for YEARS!!! And I would kill for a farmhouse sink:) xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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  22. How wonderful that you'll be able to retire to the lake, Linda! I know you'll have many happy family gatherings there and I look forward to seeing your progress as you transform it into the style you love. The photo of the lake is gorgeous!

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  23. I know you're going to have such a great time working on making this a full-time residence Linda! Can't wait to watch it all happening!

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  24. This is so exciting I never knew you have a lake house. How exciting. We grew up at my grandparents during the Summers and they were the best times of my life.

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  25. How very exciting! Making your Lake House into your home will be a wonderful project...and I agree with you I love vintage/modern too! Looking forward to seeing your work as it progresses. Happy October!
    Helen xox

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