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In a few weeks we’ll be heading down to our lake house at Carlton Landing (remember this post?) and prepping for the local holiday house tour. I couldn’t be more excited to decorate our cute little green cottage in time for the holidays. But there’s a few considerations to make since (1) it’s not our main home and (2) I’m 8 months pregnant (read: I can’t go overboard decorating because what goes up must come down!). So I’m on the hunt to make a maximum visual bang for my proverbial buck. I also want to put my own distinctive spin on the theme of “holidays-by-the-lake.”
First thing’s first: we absolutely must have a Christmas tree of some kind, don’t you think? And in our all-white space, nothing would be prettier than a small potted Christmas tree. We have faux white Christmas trees in our year round house, but for the lake going more natural seems to make the most sense.  And of course it will need a fun container of some kind too.
I’m also bringing some of my favorite knit stockings and designing a few throw pillows for the rocking chairs on the front porch. And while I normally resist the idea of an uber-traditional red and green color scheme, somehow I’m feeling more inspired by it this year than in the past.  It feels fresh especially against the crisp white walls in the house.

I’ve been pinning images like crazy to help me get my overall look together. Here are a few of my favorites:

I’m more inspired than ever to pull it all together. Here are some of my top picks to help you get the look for your holiday home!

This summer we took a major leap and bought a lake house two hours away from our home in Oklahoma City in a little town called Carlton Landing.  Starting over with furnishing another house from scratch has been a ton of work, but majorly gratifying to see the transformation. But part of me was majorly overwhelmed – where do we even begin with a this totally blank canvas? When we first saw the house, it was in early fall of 2013 and as pictured above, still in construction. Since then it’s gotten a new (and better) coat of exterior paint and interior buildout was completed by May of this year. We spent the winter months planning furniture layouts and daydreaming about how we were going to decorate. Here was our overall inspiration board for the interiors:

I wanted to avoid any typical lake house looks (i.e., dark or lodge-y), but not swing too far beachy on the other end of the spectrum.  Light, bright, and airy with nautical touches were the words that kept coming to mind. So we chose Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White for all the walls which is similar to what we have in our OKC house and as I analyzed all of my inspiration photos, I realized the key to getting the look I wanted was to use a bold color as an accent. Part of me wanted to go with a red/orange, but in the end we went with yellow to pop against all the navy blue furniture. Thankfully my husband was on board – although he did put the kibosh on a citrus coffee table I had my eye on(womp womp).

And we’re loving how it’s turned out. With a base of navy and shades of blue, we’ve added texture and color layer by layer. There’s lots of things left to do, but the house feels so light, airy, and refreshing. Which is perfect in the sweltering Oklahoma summer heat (hello, 100 degrees!).

Want to add a punch of sunshine to your decor? Check out some of my favorite citrus-hued pieces to get the look!


LampsPlus Color+ lamp in yellow

Hello Sunshine art print by Anna Rifle Bond

Room and Board Slim yellow coffee table

Happy Chic Home Lola pillow

Target Carlisle barstools

Moroccan Pouf

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