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8 Great Lake House Design Ideas

Do's and don'ts for designing a waterfront vacation home

By Lisa Frederick


The first order of business in a lake house? Relax! Your decor should do the same. These guidelines will help you fashion a peaceful, casual haven just right for winding down from day-to-day stress.

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Living Room by Kendall Wilkinson

DO showcase the view

At a lake house, the water is the star, and it's vital to maintain a connection to it even from inside. Plan your design to make the lake a focal point—large, simply dressed windows to frame the vista; furniture groupings positioned for watching spectacular sunsets.
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by Kendall Wilkinson

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