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Summer Family Photos Display Ideas

Lake House Family Photo Wall Display Ideas

Capture summer family photos and display them at your lake house to remind you of all the fun you had!
Photos are an invaluable reminder of fun events frozen in time. They bring back memories of the people and times that form the fabric of your life.
Photos are like an inventory and a record of who was there, where you were, what you were doing and the moment's mood.
A photo captures the ones that you cherish and allows you to relive those happy times over and over with clarity.


Best Wall/Display and Digital Photo Frame

PHOTO FRAME

SUMMARY

Overall Rating - 4.6/5

With this set of nine frames, you will not have to choose between which pictures to hang; you will be able to hand them all!
Each frame is 12 X 12 with an inside mat, should you decide to use it, of 8 X 8.

Overall Rating - 4.4/5

Another set from Gallery Perfect, this photo wall kit contains seven various size frames in classic black. 
There is one 12 X 16 that will hold an 8 X 10 using the mat. Two 8 X 10 frames with a mat for 5 X 7 images and four 6 X 8 frames matted for 4 X 6 images. 

Overall Rating - 4.5 /5

This ten-piece set will help you do just that. In a variety of sizes, you will be able to display the timeline of your summer family photos and all the fun at the lake house. 
The set comes in black with two 8 X 10 frames, four 5 X 7's, and four 4 X 6's. 

Overall Rating - 4.6/5

Make a statement with this large 11 X 14 gallery-style picture frame in a matte black. The frame includes a white beveled mat that is the right size for an 8 X 10 picture. 

Overall Rating - 4.7/5

The ultimate in digital frames, you will be able to share your summer at the lake with friends and family. 
You can send photos from your Aura App to any digital photo frame in your Aura network. The frame is iOS/Android phone and tablet compatible with Alexa. 

Overall Rating - 4.6/5

The size of the Pix-Star 15 inch photo frame makes the images seem to jump out of the frame with their clarity and vivid colors. 

Overall Rating - 4.7/5

Definitely a one-of-a-kind whiskey glass, this 11-ounce rock glass is a real conversation starter.
Each glass is hand-sculpted to make a truly unique gift for yourself or someone else. 

Overall Rating - 4.3/5

This is a great photo frame to have on the nightstand next to your bed at the lake house. This handy frame will also display the time and calendar for you. 

Best Wall/Display Photo Frame

There are some of the summer family photos that are just too good to keep to yourself. They deserve to be displayed on the walls of your lake house and celebrated.
The frames listed below will help you do just that!

With this set of nine frames, you will not have to choose between which pictures to hang; you will be able to hand them all!
Each frame is 12 X 12 with an inside mat, should you decide to use it, of 8 X 8.
The classic white mat is removable, or just place the pictures over the top and leave the mat in the frame.
This is the perfect way to display the summer family photos that were part of the summer fun at the lake.
The black frames go with any and all decor. Use these frames all over your lake house or create a summer collage in one room.
Take the guesswork and difficulty out of accurate hanging by using the included template.
Multiple layouts give you different display options, and the template allows you to get the nails in the perfect place every time!

Another set from Gallery Perfect, this photo wall kit contains seven various size frames in classic black.
There is one 12 X 16 that will hold an 8 X 10 using the mat. Two 8 X 10 frames with a mat for 5 X 7 images and four 6 X 8 frames matted for 4 X 6 images.
These various sizes and the fact that you can use them with or without the mats give you many varied possibilities to display all of your summer memories.
Hang the frames vertically or horizontally with the included hanging hardware. A handy template gives you options for multiple layouts.
When you use the template, there is no need for a level or measuring tape.
Just affix the template to the wall with painters tape, and put a nail in the indicated spot for each picture.
So easy! As with the Gallery Perfect frames listed above, there are two sets of modern art prints that come with the frames. 

You know that your summer went by too fast, and there were so many good moments to capture!
This ten-piece set will help you do just that. In a variety of sizes, you will be able to display the timeline of your summer family photos and all the fun at the lake house.
Also, the set comes in black with two 8 X 10 frames, four 5 X 7's, and four 4 X 6's.
Hang on the wall in a collage of summer recollections or use the easel stands to place the pictures around your lake house.
Once you start looking through your summer photos, it will be hard to select just ten to frame!

Make a statement with this large 11 X 14 gallery-style picture frame in a matte black. The frame includes a white beveled mat that is the right size for an 8 X 10 picture.
Choose your most precious summer memory or the photo taken at the family barbecue on the lake.


You could also make the munchkin in your life feel extra special by framing a piece of their artwork.
The hanging wire and brackets give you the option of hanging the frame horizontally or vertically.
Capturing that favorite summer moment will make you smile each time you see it displayed!


Digital Photo Frames

What about the people that you want to share precious photos with? Not just the unique or spectacular moments, but also the everyday, mundane events that make up your life.
Those moments are just as important. But there are so many of them! How do you share them all?

Today's modern digital photo frames give you the ability to share with family and friends no matter where in the world they are.
If that wasn't enough, it is easy to do so, and easy for you to do for a parent or grandparent even if they live far away.
Listed below are digital frames that make sharing precious memories a breeze!

The ultimate in digital frames, you will be able to share your summer at the lake with friends and family.
You can send photos from your Aura App to any digital photo frame in your Aura network. The frame is iOS/Android phone and tablet compatible with Alexa.
This allows anyone in your family to share photos via WiFi.


You won't ever have to feel that you might have too many summer family photos for the frame to hold as this digital photo frame will store 100,000+ memories.
Using the phone to frame option through the free app makes it easy to invite family and friends to share.
The photos are high resolution and crisp and clear. The frame will also automatically balance itself to the room's light, so every picture is vivid.

The size of the Pix-Star 15 inch photo frame makes the images seem to jump out of the frame with their clarity and vivid colors.
You will be able to capture and convey the essence of lake living in the summer with this large display.
WiFi-enabled at 2.4 GHz, it only takes minutes to set up. With the free app, you can connect up to 25 frames!


That would be quite the sharing network! The frame will hold 30,000 images, which is a whole lot of summer fun captured!
This clever photo frame delivers pictures by using photo-mail and is a perfect gift for parents, grandparents or relatives overseas. 

The frame has a dedicated email address, which allows you to share photos instantly anywhere in the world. 

Each frame comes with a free online account that has unlimited storage. You can add or delete albums and pictures and customize slideshows.
The frame comes with a handy remote or uses the controls on the back of the frame.
If that was not enough, you can listen to web radio stations or plug your USB stick or an SD card and the frame will play audio files.
There are pre-loaded games on the frame, and also the option of having the frame send you a notification for appointments, birthdays, or special events.
You will be able to share your summer adventures with all of your loved ones from one device!

Share your memorable photos from the lake instantly with the Nixplay smart photo frame. This is perfect for sharing with grandma and grandpa.
It would be especially nice for those college kids off on their own for the first time. You can share moments and memories to help keep them included and in touch.


Send your summer family photos to their frames and invite others to share pictures to your frame.
The Nixplay App for iOS and Android gives you control over your frame and allows you to manage it from your smart device.

Amazon Alexa

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, you can ask Alexa for a particular playlist. Mount the frame on the wall or display it on a desk or table. 

Choose if you want portrait or landscape. A motion sensor will turn the frame on and off. You won’t run out of room to load your summer picture on this frame. 
85% of the reviewers on Amazon gave the Nixplay a 4.7 out of 5 stars!

This is a great photo frame to have on the nightstand next to your bed at the lake house. This handy frame will also display the time and calendar for you.
It also has an energy-saving sensor that will turn the frame on and off. You can display thousands of your lake living pictures and adventures.


All you need to do is insert a USB stick or a memory card to display your favorites on the screen.
For ease of use, a remote control will manage how your photos are displayed. With a stylish black finish, this compact frame will fit in any room of your lake house. 

Framed Photos Add To the Decor

In the world today, picture frames are not considered a luxury, and anyone who wants to frame a picture can find one that will suit their needs and taste.
Photos and picture frames have become an essential element in the interior design of our homes.
Picture frames contribute to the atmosphere of a house. They can make a plain space bright and interesting.

Summer Family Photos

A Brief History Of Frames

You may think that framing a picture to commemorate an event or display a loved one is an activity that has been in evidence the past few hundred years.


I was surprised to learn that framing pictures as a way to display artwork was used not hundreds of years ago, but thousands of years ago. 


Some of the earliest examples of this were found in Egyptian tombs. Pictures painted on wood then had a "frame" carved into the same piece of wood. 

Framing Pictures Today

Famous artist Vincent VanGogh felt that framing was an essential part of presenting a picture.
He said, "A picture without a frame is like a soul without a body." Pretty strong words, but they are understandable.
Even today, frames give our photos an emphasis and validate the content of the frame. By framing your photos, you are protecting your memories, and the picture itself.


A framed photo can add pizzazz to your lake house and be conversation starters. You can show the summer photos on your phone with friends, but framing them makes them stand out even more.
Framing your favorite photos tells the view something about you. It shows what and who you value.
Whether it is a photo of loved ones or artwork created by a grandchild, those framed images indicate what you hold dear.

Summer Family Photos

Tips On Hanging Summer Family Photos

1. Plot Out Your Display: lay the pictures out on the floor to see the order they look best in


2. If You Think It Looks Good, It Does: these are your photos and your house. If you like it, that is all that counts.


3. Position On The Wall: pictures are often hung too high. Hang your photo lower so that it relates closer to the furniture


4. Don’t Forget To Measure: most people just like to guess, but if you want your framed photo to look symmetrical or line up with others, get out the measuring tape.


5. Use the Images to Create a Focal Point: hang the photos so that they are part of the room, not separate from it. Darker pictures draw the focus to the bottom of a grouping, so put a darker photo towards the top.


6. Blank Walls: if you end up with some blank walls, leave them alone. They will put more emphasis on the framed photos.


7. Oops! If you make a mistake, start over. Spackling will solve that issue.

Summer Family Photos

In Conclusion

The pictures that you put in a frame tell the world what is important to you. They tell the people in those frames that they are important to you.
So frame the best summer memories and the best summer people and hang them for all to see!

Add A DIY Hand-Carved Wooden Sign To Your Lake House This Summer

hand-carved wooden sign for the lake house

Hand-carved wood signs will add a distinctive and homey touch to your lake house. Wooden signs are warm and inviting. Hand-carved signs, especially, add a personal touch.
If you decide to make your hand-carved wood sign, you will first need to choose what type of wood you would like to use.
Know a bit about the types of woods and what is best to use for carving before you go shopping for your sign.
That way, you will be able to get precisely what you need to do your DIY project.
The beauty of doing it yourself, besides the satisfaction of a job well done, is that you can personalize it.
Your hand-carved wood sign can say precisely what you want it to say. Custom signs can be expensive, but doing it yourself will cost you much less.

Welcome Hand Carved  Wooden Sign

Size And Shape

Making your hand-carved wood sign for your lake house gives you free rein as far as size, shape, and type of wood.
There are all kinds of examples online to provide you with ideas of what would be ideal for where you would like to place your sign.
Maybe it is a small sign in the kitchen or a large vertical sign that stands at the entryway to your lake house.
Whatever size or shape you decide on, the wood should be about 1 inch or thicker. This will give you the needed depth to carve.
When choosing the thickness of your piece, remember that wood can be heavy, and if you are going to hang this piece, consider that.
It would also be great to get scraps of the wood that you are going to carve to practice on.
If you have not done a DIY hand-carved wood sign before, use a scrap piece of the same type of wood to make all your mistakes.
It will also give you a feel for the wood, the tools, and the process.
As always, safety comes first. Take precautions against cuts and wear eye protection.

Hello Summertime Hand-carved wooden sign

Types of Wood 

Basswood

If you are a beginner at hand carving, basswood is a popular choice. It is a white wood and has been used in woodworking for centuries. 

This would be a good option to practice and to get the feel of DIY wood carving. Basswood is soft and has little grain. It is also inexpensive.

Carved Wood

Aspen

Another white wood, Aspen is stronger than basswood, but it is still a softwood. This makes it easier to carve. Aspen is also inexpensive and readily available.

Carved Wood

Butternut

A bit on the browner side than basswood or aspen, butternut has a nice grain to it. 

Very similar to walnut, butternut is lighter in color and is another wood that accepts carving easily. 

Butternut is also known for its wormholes, which add character to a carved sign.

Carved Sign

Black Walnut

Black walnut is going to be more expensive than the other woods that we have listed, but it's a beautiful wood. 

Rich in color and grain, black walnut is used for a wide variety of uses, including furniture. 

A harder wood, this is best caved using sharp tools and a mallet.

Oak

My personal favorite, oak is a strong and sturdy wood. The grain in oak is very defined. 

When carving with oak, a power carver is your best bet as oak is a hardwood. 

It would be harder to get detail in an oak sign without a power tool.

A Variety of Options

Listed above are just a few of the woods that are suitable for carving. Wood needs to be malleable but sturdy to enable carving.
Some woods will accept certain types of carving better than others. For instance, white pine is a softwood that is ideal for whittling.
It is less ideal for chip carving where you use knives and chisels to remove small chips from the surface of a piece of wood.
Mahogany is good for many different types of projects, including chip carving.
Cherry wood has a pinkish-brown tint and is suitable for both chip carving and whittling.
Redwood and Cedar are excellent choices for a sign hung outside. Both of these woods last a very long time. Cedar, especially, will smell great, too.
Your local lumberyard will have a variety of woods to choose from. There are also online sources from which to get wood. 

An example of one of the many suppliers is https://www.woodworkerssource.com.

"love the life you live" hand-carved wooden sign for the lake house

Different Styles of Hand Carved

Wood Signs

There are several styles in which you can do it yourself and make a welcoming sign for your lake house.

Hand Carved Signs

Once you decide what you would like to put on your hand-carved wood sign, use a stencil or even your own free-drawn handwriting to draw the letters or design onto your piece of wood.
The piece of wood should be at least an inch thick. You will need a woodcarver's knife, called a bench knife, to trace over the letter outlines.
Make the depth of the letters about ⅜ of an inch deep.
Once you have traced the letter or design, use a bent spoon knife to carve out the space between the lines you made with the bench knife.
The tool will look similar to the one pictured below.

Carved Sign

Being careful, as you should with any tool, hold the tip of the spoon knife at a 15-degree angle between the lines you carved with the bench knife.
You will want to rock the bent spoon knife back and forth as you push it forward.
The knife will curl and cut the wood as you go. If you find that it is tough going, use a small mallet to tap on the end of the bent spoon to move it forward.
Make one complete pass over all the letters or design. If you want the impression to be deeper, repeat the process.
As with any DIY project, if you have never done this before, plan on practicing on a spare piece of wood to get the feel of using the tools.
You will also get a feel of how much pressure to apply.
These tools and others like it can be purchased online.
Your local home improvement store will have them, too, but it will not be a wide selection like you can get online.

Using A Router For Signs

Using a router is another way to make a custom wood carved sign for your lake house. Start again by drawing the letters or design on the piece of wood you have selected.
You will want to use a ¼ inch flute bit in the router. Also, place a plunge router base attachment on the router.
Here is an example of a plunge base attachment for a router. 

Carved Sign

You will want to set the depth of the cut on the flute bit to ¼ inch. Putting the router on the base attachment, position the router over the letters or design.
Holding on to the router, make sure that it aligns with your pattern and turn the router on. Push down on the router handles until the flute bit cuts into the wood.
The bit will stop at the pre-set depth. Push and pull the router along your design until you have completed cutting out the pattern. Do this same method over the entire design.
This video shows a man making a custom sign for a friend: Making Wood Signs With a Router.

Using The Relief Method Of Hand Carving

The relief method of hand carving wood signs, when using letters, makes it appear as if the letters are above the surface of the wood.
Once you have drawn the letters on your piece of wood, use a marker or pencil to darken the wood surrounding the letters.
In letters such as A, R, O, Q, P, and B, darken the holes in these. This process will require a rotary tool with an engraving accessory.
You will use this to cut right up to the edges of the letters making sure to stop at the edge.
The object is to remove as much wood from the perimeter of the letters so that they are defined against the wood.
Change to a rotary steel cutter in the router and remove all the wood with the dark marks that are inside the letters. (the A, R, etc.)
Cut deep with the rotary steel cutter until the letters are standing well above the wood.

"Surf Holiday" Hand-Carved Wooden Sign

In Conclusion

There are all kinds of signs for sale in the marketplace. A hand-carved wood sign for your lake house, which you have made yourself, will have more meaning than one purchased.
You will have the advantage of personalizing and customizing your project, tailoring it for your own lake house.
DIY projects are always more fun, and the pleasure of knowing you did it yourself lasts a long time.
While we are sure you can come up with a few witty sayings of your own, here are some of the sayings people hand carved into wood signs and have used at their lake houses:
This Is Our Happy Place
Time Wasted At The Lake Is Time Well Spent
Relax, You’re On Lake Time
At The Lake, Every Hour Is Happy Hour
Go Jump In The Lake!
If You’re Lucky Enough To Be At The Lake, You’re Lucky Enough.
Memories At The Lake Last A Lifetime
Lake House Rules: No schedule. No demands. No worries.

The Best Cool Lake House Accessories of 2020

Cool Lake House Accessories

The year might be coming to a close, but it’s never too late to think about the best accessories to add to your lake house for the upcoming season. The best cool lake house accessories will add a lot of fun for anyone of any age, whether you pick out a cool remote-control boat or something simple like a chess set. Even the smallest of items can have a huge impact on your time out with family or friends!

PRODUCT

SUMMARY

Outdoor Entertainment BBQ Storage Table





Overall Rating : 4/5

Pick out this storage table to keep all your utensils safe, and to prepare your food before you grill and serve it.

Remote Control Boat




Overall Rating : 4/5

It doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a child when you’re watching this boat race across the water at 20 miles an hour.

Rocking Chair




Overall Rating : 4/5

This isn’t a heavy option either; it’s both lightweight and durable, which means that you can leave it out in the weather for a while.

Natural Bamboo Cheese Board Set




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

It’s not only great for cheese, but for crackers too thanks to the grooves that can hold crackers, nuts, or olives.

Embroidered Kitchen Towels Set




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

These embroidered kitchen towels set are designed to fit in perfectly with your house, but don’t just choose them for the design.

Green Box Sign





Overall Rating : 4.5/5

The wooden structure will look great at your lake house, and thanks to the sturdy construction, it can stand alone or hang on your walls.

Toilet Spray




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

This one is especially nice since it’s made with some pure essential oils for a fresh scent.

Life Straw




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

It can filter up to 1000 liters of water that’s even heavily contaminated, surpassing the EPA filter standards.

Electric Air Pump




Overall Rating : 4/5

This air pump is perfect for air mattresses—it’s so powerful that you can use it to inflate items quickly but also deflate items quickly.

Coolers




Overall Rating : 5/5

Whether you’re sailing out on the lake or you want to sit and relax with the sun over you, these coolers for your soda cans are perfect.

PRODUCT REVIEWS


There’s nothing like having an extra outdoor table to put all of your platters and food on while you’re enjoying some time outdoors. Pick out this storage table to keep all your utensils safe, and to prepare your food before you grill and serve it. It’s completely durable and clean, with a lot of space—including hooks—to keep everything you need readily available.

Pros

  • Sturdy and very useful 
  • The instructions are easy to follow
  • The stylist finish is made to look great anywhere

Cons

  • You might have a hard time putting it together

You can say that you’ve lived until you have a remote-control boat to play with while you’re out at the lake. It doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a child when you’re watching this boat race across the water at 20 miles an hour. Use the 4-channel remote up to 120 meters to pilot your boat with ease and have a fun time out by the lake too.

Pros

  • The controls are very easy
  • It’s easy to learn how to use this boat
  •  It’s a great bargain for what you get out of it

Cons

  • The battery does not last for very long

Pick out your mesh rocking chair in one of many colors and relax in by the sun by the lake. This isn’t a heavy option either; it’s both lightweight and durable, which means that you can leave it out in the weather for a while. Fold it up when you want to move it, and adjust the pillow to meet your specifications. All you really have to do is lie back in the elastic cords, which are made to keep you comfortable for the entire day.

Pros

  • The metal is extremely sturdy
  • It rocks very well
  • There’s plenty of extra hip room to keep you comfortable

Cons

  • Water can get in it when it rains

The whole point of being out at the lake house is to relax and enjoy your time there, which means having a great cheese board set available while you’re out by the water. It’s not only great for cheese, but for crackers too thanks to the grooves that can hold crackers, nuts, or olives. There’s even a hidden drawer with four utensils that you can use, and it’s easy to clean as well since it’s a nonporous surface.

Pros

  • The drawer is easy to pull out 
  • The included cutlery works and looks great
  • The board itself is quite firm and well-made

Cons

  • Do be sure to check the size before buying

Talk about perfect for a lake house. These embroidered kitchen towels set are designed to fit in perfectly with your house, but don’t just choose them for the design. They’re made of cotton, can be thrown into your washing machine, and are big enough to be functional in your home.

Pros

  • They’re well-made 
  • The material is good for anything
  • The actual embroidery is durable and long-lasting

Cons

  • You’ll only receive one design, not both

You might not need a cute little sign like this, but let’s face it: it’s the perfect accessory. The wooden structure will look great at your lake house, and thanks to the sturdy construction, it can stand alone or hang on your walls. Just take a look at the distressed finish for a high-quality sign that still looks like it completely belongs at your lake house.

Pros

  • Holds up well against weather if it’s outside
  • The fit and finish are high-quality
  • The size is perfect for any place in the home

Cons

  • Do be sure to check the size; some say it’s smaller or larger than expected

No one likes to talk about the bathroom, but when you’re living in a lake house with a few other people, it helps to have a toilet spray available. This one is especially nice since it’s made with some pure essential oils for a fresh scent. Just spray the toilet before you go so that you don’t have to mask the odor afterwards This scientifically formula is sure to be a big help, and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals either.

Pros

  • It really does smell great, and does work 
  • The scent is not overpowering
  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • The actual spray bottle leaks

Whether you’re camping out by the lake or you just want fresh water no matter where you are, this Life Straw water filter is a perfect accessory. It can filter up to 1000 liters of water that’s even heavily contaminated, surpassing the EPA filter standards. Use this as an alternative to other options since it’s super light and has a high flow rate too, making it perfect for some time out in the sun.

Pros

  • Even the dirtiest water tastes fresh 
  • It’s a very safe filtration system
  • The portability is great

Cons

  • The filter can be a hassle to use compare to others; low volumes of water

This air pump is perfect for air mattresses—it’s so powerful that you can use it to inflate items quickly but also deflate items quickly. With the included car power adapter and home power adapter, you can use this air pump anywhere. It helps that there are 3 different sizes of nozzle to fit any mattress you already have. Just insert this easy to use and portable option no matter where you are.

Pros

  • Perfect for filling tubes for river rafting or time out on the lake 
  • It’s very light and easy to transport
  • Fills items quickly

Cons

  • Be aware that it does heat up during usage

Whether you’re sailing out on the lake or you want to sit and relax with the sun over you, these coolers for your soda cans are perfect. They can hold 12oz cans or up to 16oz bottles, and fold flat for easy storage when you’re done. It helps that they’re completely machine washable too—which saves you a lot of trouble if your drink topples!

Pros

  • Made with high quality materials 
  • They really do keep the cans cold
  • The text and color remain over time

Cons

  • The white font can fade into the color over time

DECORATING YOUR LAKE HOUSE


Color Schemes

There are many different color schemes for lake houses.  You can choose your favorite in order to make an extra impact that will combine with the overall scenery of your lake house environment. The best color schemes to choose for lake houses in particular would be autumn colors, greens, browns, and blues.

Autumn colors (yellows, oranges, golds etc.) will accentuate the fall foliage depending on the region your lake house is in, greens will accentuate the vegetation surrounding your lake house, browns will give off an earthy accent, and blues will place emphasis upon the sky and lake.

You do not have to be limited to these colors, but these are the colors that will work best to give your lake house a calm and welcoming vibe.


Add Your Personal Touch to the Design

Make your lake house unique by including your own personal decorations and accessories. This can include family photos, items from your personal collection, or a keepsake. Adding something to your home that has a personal appeal to you can help you connect with your lake house and display what is important and unique to you.


Emphasize the View from the Inside

The view that you will be able to experience from inside of your lake house is one of the most essential features to focus on. You should be able to clearly see and admire the lake and  vegetation that surrounds your house.

Make good use of areas in which you can install windows and prevent furniture, draperies, or other obstacles from obstructing your view of the outside so you can have the best view possible.


Flooring

You will want the flooring of your lake house to compliment the type of lake house you are living in. For example, wood flooring would work perfectly well for mountain cabin style or country style lake houses, while vinyl or marble may look amazing in modern lake houses.

The type of flooring you choose to install will make an impact on the overall authentic or natural appearance of your lake house and can greatly accentuate the overall design of the house.


Lighting

The lighting inside of your lake house will contribute to the overall vibe, and there are many different lighting combinations that you can utilize for any type of lake house. Adding draperies to places such as any windows inside the master bedroom or other areas of the house can help you control the amount of natural lighting that area can receive at any given moment.

Country style lake homes may look best with old-fashioned wheel or barrel lighting fixtures while mission style lighting may suit rustic style lake houses.


Seating

Add some stylish and high quality chairs and sofas to your living room area to give yourself and your guests a nice place to sit and relax. The seating areas should be durable enough to where you will not have to spend as much time worrying about the upkeep factory, so you may instead focus on relaxation and overall enjoyment.

Make sure that your seating matches and accentuates the color schemes of the area you place them in and that you have enough seating areas to accommodate for a crowd of people if you plan to throw parties for your friends and family at your lake house.


Furniture

You can choose furniture to place into your house based on the interior design or the color scheme you have chosen to implement. Wood furniture works marvelously with most types of lake house and can work to accentuate the rustic appearance of your own house. You can also add your own personal touch to your furniture selection to give off your own unique vibe.


Architecture

Update your lake house depending on the type of existing architecture so you will have an easier time of maintaining the quality and functionality of your house. You can work with the architecture by giving the floors or walls a refinish to make them look more modern, and you can utilize the placement of your furniture accordingly in order to further accentuate the architecture.

You can always hire a professional to help you with additional details of your home if you need advice or if you need to renovate your home.


Make the Master Bedroom Soothing

Your master bedroom will be one of the most soothing areas of your lake house, and you can make it more comfortable by utilizing calm color patterns and furniture. You can also use linen draperies to add an extra level of privacy and light filtration in order to give you a deeper sense of security. Grey and white palettes tend to be the most soothing color schemes to use in a master suite.


Conclusion

Make the best use of your accessories and decorations in order to put your personal touch into making your lake house more comforting to you and your guests. Lake houses are meant to be soothing and connect you with nature. The right combination of furniture, lighting, and overall interior design will bring you closer to nature than ever before.

10 Awesome Welcome Door Mats for Your Lake House

Ten awesome welcome door mats for your lake house

With a sigh of relief, you open the door.  You are finally here! You made it! You toss your keys in the bowl by the door and kick off your shoes.  You unwind, with no deadlines, time on your hands time is finally here! Yay!  

There are few feelings quite like the feeling of release when you are at your lake house.  For a while time is your own, you make your own rules and regular conventions and pressures are suspended. 

While you are in  this coveted capsule of time, you look forward to the lessening of duties and “have to’s”.  Even cleaning up should be on the back burner, and when it is brought to the forefront, it should be minimal and easy. 

With that in mind, we have constructed a list of 10 awesome doormats for your lake house that will aid in stopping the dirt at the door.

In and out, out and in.  In the water, on the shore, running through the grass, walking down dirt roads, and in and out and out and in.  Exactly what you should be doing at your lake house.

All of this freeing activity brings dirt and debris along with it.  But we don’t want it to be another issue to deal with it either, while we are decompressing.  Choosing one of these 10 door mats will help to keep the great outdoors close to the door, where you can shake it off...just like last week’s department meeting.

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Latex Backing Non Slip Doormat 





Overall Rating : 4/5

This mat comes in seven different colors and three sizes. You can machine wash this mat in cold water.

 Gorilla Grip Original Durable Indoor Doormat 




Overall Rating : 4/5

I didn’t know that Gorillas came in so many different colors, but these ones do!  There are seven colors to choose from and two sizes. 

Color Geometry Indoor & Outdoor Doormat




Overall Rating : 4.5/5

Add some fun at the door!  This welcome mat for your lake house comes in three different patterns and two sizes.