Just 15 years old, a vacation house on Lake Michigan gains a nostalgic patina after Marshall Watson and Kate Reid fill it with sunny color, beadboard paneling, wooden jigsaw puzzles, and memories in the making.
The exterior of the house, formerly blue, was repainted in custom shades of coach-house green and white. “It looks more Michigan,” Watson says.
In the living room, a pair of club chairs in a floral linen faces a custom sofa in a fabric, and two vintage chairs are covered in a plaid. Rug, .
An antique louvered shutter is displayed above an 1860s French white-oak dresser from , which stores the clients’ collection of hand-carved wooden jigsaw puzzles.
Bird prints from the owners’ collection hang above a painted bench in a fabric.
Watson and Reid cozied up the dining room walls with Meadow Sweet, an updated Morris & Co. wallpaper from . Breezy, unlined curtains are in a check. Braided rug, . The limed-oak table is from . Custom pendant, .
Dining chairs from have upholstery and tie-on seat cushions in Mistletoe, a hand-embroidered fabric from . Adding color and shimmer to corner shelves are green-and-white plates from local shops and 19th-century handblown glassware from .
A crisp cottage feeling prevails in the master bedroom. The faux bamboo king bed was created from antique twin beds found at .
Roller shades in a have a scalloped flange, lending old-world charm; curtains are in a embroidered linen.
In a bunk room, gingham sheets and striped comforters by add to the shipshape vibe. The nickel pendant by the is painted in Old Glory by . In one of the room’s baths hangs a round mirror from .
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This story was originally published in the March 2018 issue of CQ.