Lake House: Living Room and Other Fun

It turns out there are good and bad things about the Lake House in November. The bad thing is that it legitimately is too cold to spend all of the daylight hours out on the kayaks. The good news is, since I’m not spending all of the daylight hours I have available out in the kayak, there’s plenty of time to work on some other projects in the house.

Remember how I said my mom and I are going to take it nice and slow with projects around the Lake House?

For once I was not lying. We are actually taking it nice and slow with projects around the Lake House.

My mom spends most of her time here, but occasionally she’ll spend a night down in Ohio during the week, and my new favorite thing to do in the evenings is to raid my mom’s wine cabinet fridge and paint things in the house while she’s not there.


Swear to god, I “borrowed” those sweatpants from a college boyfriend 17 years ago and they are now a testament to all of the rooms I have painted white in my life. Also, if you’re thinking, “wow, you really don’t get a lot of paint on your pants, if that’s what 17 years worth of painting looks like” you should see my hair.


First of all: HOW EVEN.

Second of all: While it’s annoying that I literally cannot walk near a paint can without unintentionally creating some kind of skunk stripe on my head à la the cat in Pepé Le Pew… honestly? I also really only feel like myself when I’m singing loudly to the radio in an empty room, late at night, with a roller in hand and paint in my hair.

Projects at my own house always feel very complicated, so I’m grateful the Lake House has brought more of those easy, fun, paint-in-my-hair DIY moments back into my life.


All of those evenings painting paid off with a newly white living room (and new couch)…


And then I may have gotten a wild hair and bought some window treatments while I was at it…


Here’s the thing, we’re not actually planning to close the shades on these windows ever, because they look right out onto the lake (obviously.) But there’s something to be said for dressing up the windows to make a space look more cozy, even if you don’t “need” to.

(For reference, the bamboo shades are from, the sheers are from Pottery Barn (in alabaster), the rods are from World Market, and the curtain rings/clips are from amazon because they’re a hell of a lot cheaper than the ones PB will try to sell you. Also, none of that shit is sponsored or affiliated or anything like that, it’s just what I bought under the influence of a bottle of my mom’s wine one night.)

We also decided to put a console table behind the couch to give us a place to set things while we’re lounging in there (like we do) and also because literally the only place in the entire house where you can get more than one bar of cell service is next to that window. So we needed somewhere to set our phones so we could stream Christmas music while hanging our stockings. Obv.


What I love about this is that it’s actually the table I built a few years ago out of old barn wood we cleaned up on the farm to hold the TV in my living room, which became obsolete back when I partially re-did that room a couple of years ago. Technically I was using it behind my own couch “temporarily” because it was not at all the right size, but I built that damn thing with my own hands and didn’t want to get rid of it. And now I don’t have to, because it fits perfectly behind my mom’s couch. I do have to build another right-sized table for my own living room in the near future though, because I learned the hard way that I no longer have a good place to set my beer when I’m watching the best Christmas movie of all time.


Also, while we’re on the subject of Christmas, you may have noticed that the Lake House living room also looks much cozier because we put a tree up in there. Which is true. It’s actually a nice compact artificial tree I had been storing up in my attic for the last couple of years. If any of you are wondering how my mom and I spend our time together on the farm and at the lake… this pretty much sums it up.


After we successfully got the tree down (without being attacked by and/or killing any wild animals) my mom looked at me and said, “Why does this always happen to us??

I don’t know, Mom. But it sure is an adventure, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

26 Responses

  1. Your room looks great! I love that sofa. Can you tell where you got it? I’m looking for one that sits straight and isn’t too “puffy”. This one looks like it might fit me and not cause back pain.

  2. OMG. Laughing so hard. Been there. Done that. I ask myself frequently why I just don’t wear leather gloves strapped to my body at all times. All. Times.

  3. Did you lighten your hair? …No, not just with the white paint highlights.

    If you shut the blinds at night you’ll save heat AND feel warmer.

    What did you eat for Thanksgiving? Happy Holidays!

  4. It looks wonderful and cozy already. I would love just sitting there looking out over the lake.


  5. Did you mount the wood blinds inside or outside the windows?

    I love that look and we’ve been looking for window treatment ideas for our office and living room….I’d love to do something similar to what you have here!

    1. Catherine is right! (Thank you Catherine… lol. You’re better at answering these questions than I am.) We mounted above the window, given the proportions of the room, but they make them so you can mount them either way.

  6. How serendipitous about the console table!

    Absolutely, Die Hard is the best Christmas movie! Can’t believe it’s 30 years old – I saw it when it came out in July 1988.

  7. Holy shit, those window treatments- instantly looks like a catalog. Wow. I’m seriously impressed.

  8. You have one of the loveliest living rooms I’ve ever seen! Laughed at the mention of your college boyfriend’s sweatpants. Thanks for sharing the process behind one of your projects!

  9. Look like its a beautiful room and design also awesome. Thanks for sharing your throughout wis and your blog also so useful. Please keep sharing!

  10. Hello! I really liked how you made this living room. It seems to me that now it is very rare when a person who is ready to get his hands dirty with paint and do everything himself and I think it’s very good that people like you still exist, and sometimes I myself am too lazy to do something out of repairs in the house and I hire people to do all the work for me. And I also like how spacious your living room is and how large and bright the windows are.

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