1. The Lake Effect

    Soon the chatter of children in classrooms will move outside to fill the air around all things water- backyard sprinklers, neighborhood pools, resort lakes, ocean beaches. However one defines leisure in summer time, water seems to be a common thread that we gravitate towards…to splash in, gaze at, relax beside. Today we are revisiting a former project to bring you a dose of the Lake Effect, layer by layer. Here is our recipe to achieve the carefree atmosphere of the lakeside home.

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    – White, All White –

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    {White Dove OC-17 by Benjamin Moore}

    First, start with a crisp, clean palette of white. White reflects summer’s light and unifies an open floor plan, especially if the space is smaller scale. White depicts simplicity, and that’s what lake living should be.

    For our white, we painted all interior walls with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. Note the use of shiplap to provide nautical detailing, reminiscent of the paneling of a ship.


    – Organic Layers –

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    {jute + wicker}

    Time to mix in some texture! Natural fiber rugs define a living or dining area and provide a grounded and versatile look. Wicker furnishings add to the relaxed vibe and blend well with upholstered or more industrial pieces. Well-placed woven baskets serve as eye-pleasing storage.


    – Color Splash –

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    {navy + green + yellow}

    Now add a dose of color. As we stated in our previous blog entry on May 20th, a trio of pillows liven up a room. The navy, green, and yellow seen here are an energetic combination and the green is continued through the open space on the statement-making twin tufted ottomans and fresh green plants. The striped swivel chairs and lumbar pillows balance the navy and yellow accents.   Each piece makes a splash against the soft backdrop of whites and neutrals.

    Peek at our previous blog post to check out some fresh summer color combinations here!


    – Finishing Details –

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    {layered accessories with a nautical vibe}

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    {vintage runner with original stair spindles}

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    {classic lantern with woven chairs}

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    {tufted daybed and swivel floor lamps are perfect for guests}

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    {table for ten}

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    {mid-century modern chair with wicker seat}

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    {rope pendant}

    The final layer tops the overall look by adding small touches of glam and interest.  A mercury glass table lamp and twin mercury glass jars add sparkle in the midst of the soft, natural materials in the rest of the space.  The glass cloches and glass hurricanes dress up tabletops without obstructing a view to the outside. The vintage Oriental rug in the entry is both sophisticated and timeless, it’s over-dyed colors adding a dash of drama.


    – Get the Look –

    Here are some products to give your home a touch of summer’s laid-back vibe, the Lake Effect.  For ordering, send  us an email at
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    Green Oak Pendant

    Green Malachite

    Green Malachite Pillow

    Yellow Pillow

    Velvet Citrine Pillow

    Navy Tashkent SparkModern

    Navy Tashkent Pillow


    Clifton Rug

    Clifton Rug


    South Seas Bar Cart

    South Seas Bar Cart

    Ariana Rugs Salmon Runner

    Vintage Runner

    – Take a Further Look –

    Dreaming of your own waterside escape yet?  See more images of this lakeside cottage on our website at Kate Marker Interiors Lakeshore Residence



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