Taking her cue from the casual cottage attitude, Missouri homeowner Pamela DiCapo transformed a dark and dowdy fishing shack into a light-filled retreat. "The interior of our lakehouse is characterized by floral and other vintage fabrics; a feminine color palette of pale pastels, whites, creams, and off-whites; flea market furnishings--often with distressed, peeling surfaces; comfortable slipcovered seating; and romantic accessories such as candles, flowers, wrought iron or crystal chandeliers, and pretty oil paintings," she says.
Pamela, husband Jack, and daughters Lauren, 15, and Alexandra, 11, spend most of their time out on Lake Lotawana. But when the sun's heat gets too intense, the family retires to the cool comfort of the whitewashed interiors. Beaded-board walls and ceilings lend a rustic note. Fresh white surfaces provide a serene backdrop for slipcovered furnishings.
In the living room, undressed windows maximize the lake views. A white armoire with shutter doors conceals a TV and entertainment system that would have clashed with the old-fashioned decor.
Color and Character
The family room boasts a rugged stone hearth and bookshelves constructed of wooden lattice. Pamela added an antique library ladder on wheels for extra flair. The centerpiece is a pair of rustic wooden chairs painted candy-stick shades of pink, green, and yellow; to encourage relaxation, these are filled with comfortable pillows. The combination of wooden and wicker chairs brings the outdoors in, conjuring an atmosphere of summer camp and a serene retreat.