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Lake House Living Room Decor

First off, I want to thank you all for the comments and suggestions on my last post! You guys had a million ideas. I started responding to all the comments and World War 3 started in the basement over a yellow Lego (apparently the last yellow Lego in the universe completely intrical to each of my two angels current Lego creations). Many of you wanted my oars from the old house back, and I actually have a plan for those over the stairs now. I’m just waiting on something I ordered to arrive and I’ll keep you posted!

White Lake House Living Room Decor

Ok, onto this beast of a living room. I know I have kept you all waiting on this one with good reason! This room is so unbelievably hard to photograph because I don’t have the right equipment. I really need a wider angle lens to be able to fit the entire room in the frame, and I think I’m going to have to break down and buy an external flash because of the crazy amount of light that bounces in here; every photo is blown out or pitch black. I’ll quit boring you with my photography woes and just show you what I got for now to give you an idea of the room, but photographers hit me up if you have a favorite wide angle lens you suggest or ideas how to shoot this room.

A living room with a wooden floor

Let’s talk about this couch. The Mr. had like zero requests for this house and really let me run with what I wanted except he put his foot down on one thing – a comfy couch. Our living room furniture at our last house was pretty, but we never sat in there. It really wasn’t comfy and there wasn’t a place for all of us to sit. He wanted a huge, deep sectional that he could actually sit on in person/lay down on for an hour in the store like a couple of weirdos and make sure it was comfortable. There are not a ton of furniture stores near us that had anything that fit the bill.

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

We had a thrilling date night furniture shopping a few months back and could not agree on anything. Enter a couple of margaritas at the mexican restaurant next to the furniture store and all of a sudden this couch seemed fantastic!! ;) The Mr. loved this couch and couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t get on board. I will say it is unbelievably comfortable. And enormous. Our whole family can actually lay down on it at the same time and I would say it would seat 6 adults totally comfortably. It’s not my dream couch because I would rather have more of a linen fabric vs. this has a bit of a micro-suede feeling, which makes it super practical being white and every muddy paw print washes right off. It does fit the space perfectly though so it might grow on me. The Mr. was right again, just don’t tell him ;)

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

Ok, enough about my couch buying experience (I just thought I should warn you all not to drink margaritas and couch shop) I do really love how this room turned out and we totally live in here when the weather stinks.

A living room

I don’t have it totally styled perfectly, I sort of just threw some old stuff in here so it doesn’t feel so empty and cavernous. One thing I do love and will be staying is our Dash and Albert rug. I had this rug picked out before we even broke ground on the house. The stripes look black in the pics, but are actually navy. I wanted something with a classic feel and pattern on the floor, but the jute makes it really practical and it hides sand and dirt really well.

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

A large wagon wheel light fixture

It’s hard to pick if the ceiling or the windows are my favorite – it’s a pretty close race. I have gotten a lot of emails asking me to share the exact dimensions of the ceiling situation and honestly guys, it would not be helpful to you unless your room is the exact same dimensions and the pitch of your roof is the exact same, my best advice is to hire someone who knows what they are doing (or drink some margaritas and give it a go)!

This next photo looks totally weird and shadowy (well all these photos are a bit weird and shadowy), but it was my best photoshop attempt at showing you the view out the windows. I really need to figure out a video tour to capture it better.

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

I realized I didn’t grab a great pic of the fireplace builtins, but I’ll let you in on a blogger secret – typically when I shot my last home I moved my entire couch out of the room so I could get an unobstructed shot. I basically take my whole house apart and put it back together to get nice photos which is why everything looks perfect and not cluttered or messy. This is not that, because it’s summer and #reallife I just pulled my camera out and took 20 minutes worth of pics.

A living room filled with furniture and a fire place

I hope to do a more detailed post on the cabinet and how the tv is hidden inside this fall maybe.

Rustic beam fireplace mantel

Ok, I’ll stop rambling. Can you tell most of my conversations this week have been with a 6 and 9 year old and I’m in need of some adult conversation?

A fire place sitting in a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace

SOURCES (affiliate links):

Rug – Dash and Albert

Couch – Art Van (local store in Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Chairs – Hand me downs from my mom

Tan striped pillows – Target

Blue Striped pillow – Target

Jute Pillows – Target

Ticking stripe pillow – Pottery Barn

Coffee table – thrift store find

Fireplace stone – J&N Stone Quartz Style, Color Price

Mirror – DIY

Lights – Find all my light choices in this post here

Paint Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams

Wood Flooring – BuildDirect

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  1. Your home is beautiful Kelly. The views are priceless! thx for sharing your journey. Love all your updates ;-)

  2. Wow! Just wow! That wall of windows with that view!!! I love your couch! We just purchased a white couch and I am scared! What a beautiful home!!! I am so happy for you! You are a talented decorator!!!

  3. Beautiful! Can you share what paint finish (flat, eggshell, etc.) you used on your walls and ceiling? Thanks for sharing.

  4. Every time I view your posts, I feel like I’m going to hyperventilate! You would think that you were designing it just for me. I absolutely love everything you have done! You lucky, lucky lady!!! I bet you could do cartwheels every time you walk in the front door and see that amazing view of the, lake.
    So happy for you and your family,

  5. Really lovely all around. Love the mirror above the mantel. Did you post about how you did it?

  6. Le sigh. It’s all so perfect!! And that last pic with the dog just melted me. I’m gonna need a blog post on the doggo, stat.

  7. Your home is beautiful. We have just purchased a home on the water in Ontario, Canada. I love your rug. I like it because I have a black lab and I want something that will work with family members coming in and out of the house. Can you share more details? Dimensions, name of rug?
    I see that it is a Dash and Albert rug, but I am unable to source it. Thanks!

    1. HI Debbie, sorry I linked the wrong rug originally it should be right now but the name of it is Jute Ticking Rug in Indigo. I believe this is a 10×14

  8. So spacious and bright. Definitely reminds of the beach house in the movie “Something’s Got to Give ” with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Love, love, love the rug and new sectional. Check out the set design of that movie – great ideas and they are so you. Great work Kelly. Laughed so hard about the yellow lego piece.?

  9. This is beautiful and I’m really regretting not moving to the lake right now! I have the same issues photographing my house too. The windows and the high ceilings make it impossible to get a good photo.

  10. Oh my goodness. No words. This is just a dream space! In fact, your entire house set up is perfection! How amazingly lucky to happen upon a property with that gorgeous lake view AND a pool?!

    Also, please do NOT apologize so much for your photos – no need to! They look amazing and all of us regular people who don’t have blogs or fancy cameras do not care at all :) Though I can understand wanting a good picture with that view. Wow!!

    You should be very proud of the space you have created and I can’t wait to see more!

  11. That’s is beautiful! The room, the ceiling, the view. All of it. Just stunning. I’m in the market for a new couch too and shopping for it stinks. I would love to be able to have a nice white/cream couch but my hubs is oblivious to taking off his work clothes before sitting on it. I know it will never work, but I still dream about it. I love everything you’re doing with this house and wish you could post everyday!

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