Thursday greetings, dear friends! I trust you’ve had a relaxing and fun 4th of July, and are now back to real life, hard at work! (Good for you if you’re not!!!) We had a great extended weekend filled with friends and good bakes. I’ve tried Ina Garten’s flag cake and the thing was delicious!!!! Will be doing it again for my daughter’s birthday later this month. She’s asking for a troll design (Princess Poppy), so fingers crossed 🙂 Anyway, I’m trying to get myself together but the holidays and the sultry summer days are getting to me. So today I’ll skip my blogging schedule and just write about last night, when I practically inhaled the July/August issue of House Beautiful.
Their latest issue features a whimsical Wisconsin lake house designed by Summer Thornton, with a little preview on the cover. I loved it from the moment I saw the magazine. Summer Thornton is a talented Chicago-based designer voted as one of the best young designers in the U.S. I’ve seen some of her work before, but this one is hats down my favorite! Relaxed and fun, yet elegant and traditional.
Filled with color and layered patterns, this house is a happy weekend getaway for a retired couple, their family and friends. To create a place that fits a large crowd with a variety of tastes, the designer used vibrant hues and a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces. Some of the furnishings were custom made to harmonize with the home’s grand scale. For the happy owners, summers by the lake just got better!
Inspired by the freshness of these rooms, I’ve gathered a few elements that can help lend your home a similar mood! Enjoy!
Images via House Beautiful, photography by Thomas Loof.