Naturally Inspired Georgia Lake House
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bump-out bay of windows creates a cozy sitting room with a 180-degree view.
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.
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