Lake Cottage Design Direction

My parent’s summer cottage is finally underway! The foundation is all set and they should be starting on the framing soon. In the meantime, my mom and I have been doing the important work – the interior design! I thought I would give you a peek at the lake cottage design direction we are headed.

lake house foundation walls

Since this is going to be a seasonal home for them, my mom really wants a bright classic cottage feel with lots of navy and white. I think I can handle that ;)

We started by choosing flooring. My parents have two tiny dogs who don’t always make it outside, that along with wet grandkid feet, prompted them to go with luxury vinyl plank for this home. Classic and timeless is the name of the game, so we went with a very neutral toned floor.

navy and white tile paired with cabinet color samples

As you can see above we are going to have lots of fun with tile! Using tile to create pattern is a huge trend right now, but also something that’s been around forever. We are leaning into that for our tile choices.

gray blue and white tile samples

Their mudroom will also be their front door entry, so we wanted to have a little fun in that space. The three tiles above will be creating a buffalo check style pattern on the floor. Envision that with navy lockers, and fun floral wallpaper. Is it weird to be this excited about a mudroom?

The mudroom leads right into the guest bath where we are again playing with pattern. This time with gray and white penny tile. We plan on a border around the room with a pattern laid throughout.

kitchen cabinet and flooring samples

Let’s head to the kitchen next! Classic taupe cabinets will be paired with gray quartz counters. We are warming it up with a dark walnut cabinetry on the island and brass accents. White Zellige square tile will create the backsplash.

bathroom cabinet and flooring samples

The primary bath is getting the crisp navy and white treatment! The main part of the floor will be this light gray stone set in a brick pattern. The fun comes in with the blue and white tile that will be inlaid to look like an area rug. That pattern will be repeated on the shower floor which will pair perfectly with the navy blue tile walls. Imagine brass hardware and gah – so good! We are using the same dark walnut for the cabinetry in this space to ground everything.

I can’t wait to see it all come together! We have a long ways to go obviously, but I’m still working on all the fun stuff – wallpaper, hardware, lighting, all the fun details!

Design Sources –

Virginia Tile White Zellige Gloss tile

Omega Cabinetry Quartersawn Oak – color Kodiak

Omega Cabinetry Maple – color Magnolia

Dekton Countertop – Soke

Virginia Tile – Casablanca blue

Virginia Tile – Hex Wheel Mosaic – color Ocean

Virginia TIle – Crossville – Moonstruck

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  1. Same as above. What LVP did you choose.
    We are trying to find some for our house right now too!

    1. Hey so we actually are back to the drawing board on that one, which is why I didn’t include it. I found out after this post that this flooring isn’t available anymore so we are still on the hunt!

      1. Thanks for the update. We have picked out our flooring just narrowing down a color. Let me know what you choose!
        Make it a great week!

  2. I am familiar with Virginia Tile. However where is the luxury vinyl plank from for this home? You referred to it as “classic and timeless ….. went with a very neutral toned floor”. Please advise.
    Love your choices thus far!

    1. Hey Ellen, unfortunately after posting this we found out this flooring wasn’t available anymore. I’ll share the new LVP we pick when we figure it out!

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