Whether or not you own one, lake houses often inspire nostalgia—thoughts of long weekends and family gatherings, comfy sofas and hot cider, walks among the changing leaves, and sunsets reflected in still waters. Here are some lake-inspired discoveries, including the perfect house on the water, decoration advice and some of the best places to see fall foliage.
Someone Who Inspired Us
House on the Water by Galletti & Matter, an architectural practice based in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the quintessential lakeside home. Situated beside Lake Geneva, the home is the perfect reflection of its surroundings: Only its third story is visible from the road, while the other two levels are hidden by the hillside and open out to a small deck and boat launch. Each space in its interior—made of warm-colored wood and concrete—was designed to provide unobstructed views of the crescent-shaped lake.
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This print by California-based artist T.S. Harris is the perfect addition to any home—lakeside or otherwise. Mid-century photos and film stills inspire Harris’ vibrant work, which often features floating female forms. “The exciting challenge is to keep the paintings relevant and current, even though the subjects come from another era,” Harris explains. “I keep the compositions bold and cropped, and the paintwork loose, drippy and rough, even pushing some areas into abstraction.”
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Upstate New York is one of the best places to view fall foliage, and this weekend the colorful leaves will be at their peak. In this feature in INHABIT, three Corcoran agents share their favorite places—from Croton-on-Hudson to Phoenicia—to see fall’s gold-and copper leaves.
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Lake houses should “draw people in, wrap them up and invite them to stay a while,” writes Southern Living. Towards those goals, the magazine offers 24 decorating ideas, which range from focusing on the view and forgoing window treatments to choosing durable seating for easy upkeep. “Keep the color palette in tune with the surroundings to blur the distinction between indoors and out,” the magazine also advises.
Pro-tip: South FL locals call homes that line the intracoastal “lakefront” homes.
Sophisticated and luxurious, this newly constructed home at 26 Hudson Avenue in Ocean Ridge, Florida offers dramatic views from every angle. Just beyond the foyer, guests are greeted by a gorgeous grand room surrounded by floor to ceiling doors affording extensive views of the Intracoastal and tropical gardens.
With 107′ of water frontage, this contemporary residence offers a superb open floor plan which features 4,448 TSF square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.1 baths, epicurean kitchen, custom cabinets with high gloss exotic veneers, Caesar stone and top of the line appliances from internationally acclaimed brands. Represented by Candace Friis.
Photos in order of appearance: by Lionel Henriod via Dwell; by Lionel Henriod via Dwell; via the One Kings Lane website; photographer unknown, via Upstate New York website; by Lionel Henriod via Dwell)