I do not covet my sister’s house. I will not covet my sister’s house.
But, I will admit, I’d love to find an old farmhouse to call my own that has just as much charm as this one. Charm and character that says welcome even before you walk in the door.
But Sheri would have to design the landscape and maintain the flower beds because my creativity doesn’t venture much beyond the screen door.
When you think about the fact that this lake house was probably built in the 70’s the floor plan is perfect for the way we live today.
The upstairs consists of a large living room,
dining room and kitchen, divided only by 2 walls, and a large wall of windows looking out over the lake. Plenty of space for multiple people to all hang out at the same time.
Do you ever dream about how you would decorate a second home if you ever had the chance? I do.
For instance, I often dream about how I would decorate a beach house if I ever had the chance. Or a mountain cabin. Or a lake house. Or a guest cottage.
This is one of those day dreams I hope to see fulfilled. One of these days.
In the meantime, I oooh and ahhh over the ones I see online.
And in this case… the one I got to sleep in.
Imagine this bright and cheerful kitchen stuck in a 70’s timewarp.
Without before pictures
(which I sure wish I had) it’s really hard to imagine. When my sister-in-law Gina and her husband George first purchased this lake house the best word to describe it was brown.
Brown woodwork, brown carpet, brown furniture…just brown. Top to bottom brown.
While a few remnants of it’s 70’s glory remain most of the house reflects it’s new bright and cheerful, full of charm, makeover.
The light fixture hanging in my sister-in-law Gina’s entry hall is one of the most unique you will ever see. You can’t help but smile when you walk into her home.
This Chandy of Whimsicality is a collection of at least 9 different elements…maybe more.
A few weeks ago I shared my sister-in-law
Gina’s front porch and promised more pics of the outside of her home. Today I’m sharing pics from her backyard.
Gina and her husband George added the gazebo to their backyard landscape several years ago. The flagstones, wisteria, rosebushes and so forth were added soon after.
My SIL Gina’s entire home is filled with eclectic details and her dining room is no exception. But here you will find plenty of shabby chic details as well. Literally. There are several elements you may recognize from the Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic collection.
Gina’s dining room sits directly across the entry hall from the
The Parlor at my sister-in-law Gina’s home is undoubtedly a girl’s room.
When our family gets together at her house, the girls will often gather together in the parlor to talk and laugh. The perfect place to talk about girly things is in a girly room!