Casual Chic Lake House
Every summer, Manhattan-based designer Meg Braff’s Southern roots resurface. Meg, along with husband Doug and their four boys, heads south to a 1960s structure on the Tennessee-Mississippi border. Within a couple hours’ drive of Meg’s hometown of Tupelo, the Pickwick Lake house, dubbed “Bikini Point” by Meg’s uncle, has hosted a long string of family memories going back three generations and is still the main gathering place for Meg’s extended family. “I learned to water-ski at Bikini Point,” says Meg. “I want our boys to share those same experiences and my love for the South.”
Sectional sofa: Versatile Collection; beachley.com.
Sofa slipcover fabric: Canvas (2106) in White; pindler.com.
Green pillows: Hayward Green Apple 18" Pillow; crateandbarrel.com.
Cocktail table: Octagonal Coffee Table in Chocolate Brown Tortoise from the Indochine collection; redegg.com.
Pillow, dining chair cushion, and bench cushion and pillow fabric: Alan Campbell’s Cap Ferrat (AC103-21); quadrillefabrics.com.
Trick of the Trade: Downplay the formality of traditional window treatments with layered rugs. A casual woven cotton area rug in a classic plaid breaks up the uniformity of wall-to-wall carpet and makes an informal statement underfoot.
Window treatment, bed skirt, and chair cushion fabric: Garden Party (11001/2) by Tyler Hall (tyler-hall.com).
Rug: Tattersall Pink/White Woven Cotton Rug; dashandalbert.com.
Bedding: custom; janewilnerdesigns.net.
Star pillow: Red Star on White; chandler4corners.com.
Lamp: Double Gourd lamp (A676) in Baby Blue Glazed Ceramic; robertabbey.biz.
Blue-striped chair & fabric: 261 Recliner; beachley.com, for a similar look, try Norris Stripe-Sky Blue; ralphlaurenhome.com for retailers.
Camelback sofa fabric: SeaCloth collection, Facet (SC10049-916); leejofa.com.
Red pillow fabric: Nanou Rockery Cotton Print (79540-166); brunschwig.com.
Wallcovering: 77-TR-109 by Sonia’s Place, available through Design Professionals; 212/759-5408.
Rug: Boardwalk Braid, 100% Jute; meridameridian.com.
Keep the paint on your walls, trim, and paneling monochromatic for cohesion. “Because everything is blue, it’s less distracting. The eye isn’t jumping all over the place,” says Meg. For color relief, she left the ceiling white.