For a vacation home situated on a secluded lake, designer Gregory Carmichael of GCID sought to create a “stylish, welcoming, and multi-purpose family compound that would be enjoyed today and for generations to come.” And he did just that, for an empty nester couple who wanted a lake house getaway that doubled as a “gathering place on the site of the simple cabin where they spent summers raising their children.”
The final product is a 12,000-square-foot property that boasts three freestanding structures, which includes a rustic main house, a guest cabin that fits up to four people, and a whimsical beach house (which also sleeps four guests) meant for lakeside entertaining.
To ensure that the sprawling lakeside oasis still provided a sense of coziness and comfort despite its massive scale, Carmichael selected furnishings and materials that matched the owners’ personal style, while also incorporating “approachable and comfortable” design elements. Carmichael tells House Beautiful that the finished home “conjures the quintessential rustic lake house charm while providing an ideal setting for gracious entertaining on both intimate and large scales”—and we couldn’t agree more.
Explore the scenic safe haven—which is appropriately known as the Elegant Summer Camp—below.
Located in the Main House, the living room was designed to be a family gathering spot, ideal for celebrating holidays in front of the fire, says Carmichael. This space is one of many that showcases the designer’s wish to “bring an understated yet elegant glamour to a lakefront property in the Pacific Northwest, where lodge style is de rigueur.” Between the rustic stone fireplace and waterfront views, this room is surely a relaxing spot for all to enjoy.
Custom Sofas: GCID. Painting: Victoria Adams. Coffee Table: Rose Tarlow. Lounge Chair: Gregorius Pineo. Glass: GCID. Rug: Samad. Bench: Gulassa & Co. Throw: Sandra Jordan. Drapery Fabric: Rose Tarlow.
For the family room—another cozy spot in the Main House—Carmichael sought to create “a more intimate space for the owners to relax when it’s just the two of them.” With neutral-colored furnishings and picturesque sights at every turn, the designer certainly accomplished his intended goal here.
The breakfast area was designed to “capture the morning light during casual meals,” explains the designer. The mix of patterns seen on the fabrics of the dining chairs and the window seat bring the right touch of pizzazz, while maintaining the natural color scheme seen throughout the lakeside abode.
In this open-concept dwelling, the kitchen connects to the living and entertaining spaces, where the owners often entertain large groups, buffet style. Here, two wooden kitchen islands help to achieve that objective, adds the designer. Much like the other rooms in this house, the kitchen is as sleek as it is livable.
The bar of the Elegant Summer Camp—which Carmichael says was “designed as an intermediate entertaining space serving the living, dining, and family rooms”—opens up to a lakefront terrace, so residents and guests alike can enjoy a scenic view while having a drink or bite to eat. Your summer camp cookouts have nothing on this.
Stools: Vintage Erik Buch, from 1stDibs.
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