When Leo and Kay Berard decided to relocate to their Georgia lake house permanently, they set out to build a year-round summer camp
For twenty years, the Berard family spent carefree summers at their small vacation cabin on a breezy knoll on Georgia’s Lake
Harding. But with the kids grown and the careers winding down, Kay and Leo were ready to consolidate. When the lakeshore beat
out the suburbs as their permanent nesting place, the two wanted to hang on to the cabin feeling but give it year-round function.
Years before they started building their dream house, Kay began clipping magazine pictures of lake houses she liked. She was drawn to natural, no-worry decorating materials and a design that would blur the distinction between indoors and out. The couple’s main goal was to build a gathering place to draw their three grown children and nine grandchildren (all ages 10 and under!) like a magnet.
Siding paint: Black Fox (SW7020); sherwin-williams.com.
Shutter paint: Porpoise (SW7047); sherwin-williams.com.
Roofing: Supreme AR shingles in Forest Green; owenscorning.com.
Through her magazine research, Kay found the work of Charlotte, North Carolina, architect Ken Pursley. In his projects, she saw the rustic yet sophisticated style she and Leo were after. In Ken, Kay found a visionary partner
who could translate her ideas into a home beyond her imagination. Here, Kay and Ken describe how Camp Berard came together.
Learn how Leo and Kay worked with architect Ken Pursley to desigh a naturally beautiful lake house.
Leo and Kay Berard with Cavalier King Charles spaniel Oliver stand in their home’s dramatic 91⁄2-foot-tall front door.
Hanging lantern: Copper Hanging Onion Lantern (HRG12); hammerworks.com.
Built in sections, the lakeside home has wings angled out to embrace visitors.
Heart-pine floors milled from beams salvaged from Goldens’ Foundry and Machine Co. in Columbus, Georgia, are stripped down
to their natural gleam to lighten and brighten the rooms.
A banquette offers maximum seating and visually links the furniture and architecture.
Wall wash: Urbane Bronze (SW7048), cut 50% with water; sherwin-williams.com.
Chandelier: Gothic Chandelier (DL-CD06); dennisandleen.com.
Dining table: Trestle Table in Dark Oak; tablesofdistinction.com.
Dining chairs: antique. For a similar look, try Tuscany Side and Arm Chairs; hickorychair.com.
Painting: by Camille Owens; 706/505-4371.
Floors: reclaimed heart pine.
Floor stain: custom mix of 1 part Beechwood (SW3132) and 1 part Culinary Cream (SW3127); sherwin-williams.com.
Dark, woodsy hues, such as the bark brown stain on interior walls and trim and driftwood gray on the cabinetry, set the mood.
Well-chosen accents of red, chartreuse, and turquoise stand out from the subdued backdrop without interrupting the calm.
Topped with poured concrete, the extra-large island has ample bench seating.
Ceiling paint: Mindful Gray (SW7016), satin finish; sherwin-williams.com.
Countertops: custom copper; cottoncustommetals.com.
Island paint: Anonymous (SW7046); sherwin-williams.com.
Island countertop: poured concrete; dexindustries.com.
Benches: Custom by Frankie Tice; 706/888-3242.
Bench fabric: Fantasia Terracotta (5732014); peachtreefabrics.com.
Furnishings dressed mostly in mushroom-hued fabrics allow the architecture of the rooms to play the starring role.
A bump-out bay of windows creates a cozy sitting room with a 180-degree view.
Framed family photos are backed with thin plywood and hinged to act as cabinet doors.
Cabinetry paint: Porpoise (SW7047); sherwin-williams.com.
Dinnerware (in cabinet): Casa Mia by Fortunata (fortunatainc.com); available through St Elmo @ Home, Columbus, GA; stelmoathome.com.
Durable wicker seating, sisal rugs, and cotton fabrics mean minimal worry and upkeep.
Brown wicker furniture: For a similar look, try Anacara Mariner All-Weather Wicker Patio Conversation Set; hayneedle.com.
White rattan armchair: For a similar look, try President’s Chair (776505) by Palecek; palecek.com for retailers.
The outdoor dining table’s pedestal is made from crating material.
Dining benches: custom by Century Upholstery, Atlanta; newcenturyupholstery.com.
Dining bench fabric: 54" Canvas; sunbrella.com.
Dinnerware: Woodland (spode.com), available through St Elmo @ Home; stelmoathome.com.
Chandelier: Large Garden Chandelier by Jeremie, available through BA Evans Home House, LaGrange, GA; 706/882-1184
The screened living area connects to the main house via a vine-covered portico.