Naturally Inspired Georgia Lake House
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