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When these homeowners bought their lakeside cottage, they knew it had good bones but needed lots of TLC. They quickly found out that DIY projects full of color could be tons of fun.
The dark brown, grey, and boring home didn't depict the bright decor a lakeside cottage should offer.
Located about 8 feet from the lake and with beautiful views of Mt. Washington, this lakeside Maine cottage was the perfect weekend getaway home for an active family. And with a little DIY help and a lot of creativity, this space soon reflected the beauty of the outside views, inside.
The color palette was the starting point for the home's design. A bright scheme transformed the space into a fun place to hang out and relax. Natural products were used to complement the lakeside setting.
Odds and ends in unique shapes and the room's color scheme add pops of personality to the mantel and shelves. Play up patterns in accessories, especially in tropical prints, to convey a relaxed mood.
Bright yellow was the unifier color in this room and helps bring about a modern, midcentury retro vibe. Glass doors make the deck feel like a continuation of the living space. Help bring the outdoors in with wicker furniture and outdoor fabrics to create a fuss-free environment that welcomes wet swimsuits and sandy feet.
Sewing or personalizing your own pillows is an easy, budget-saving project. Amp up plain pillows with stencils and crafts paints to embellish pillows for less. Here, pink and green pillows go from an eyesore to a score!
Love cottage style? Watch and learn how to capture in the look in your home.