Before and After: Lake Retreat
The combined living and dining spaces open into the kitchen in the small home. “The whole house is really just one open room,” says Kevin. “The challenge was in the space planning.”
Table: Parsons Dining Table from West Elm; westelm.com.
Chairs: vintage; for a similar look, try Ballard Designs; ballarddesigns.com.
Curtain fabric: Kravet 24584 Color 101 (kravet.com), available through Decorative Center Services; 713/961-9292.
In the living room, a vintage advertisement and an Arkansas license plate hang on the wall. The casual furniture is covered in washable slipcovers (Boomer white coveralls by Lee Industries, leeindustries.com) for easy cleanup when inevitable spills happen. “We filled this place with sturdy basics that will last forever,” he says.
Reading lamp: Adjustable Old Pharmacy Lamp from Circa Lighting; circalighting.com.
Chairs: by Oly; olystudio.com or 775/336-2100 for retailers.
Ottoman/stool: from Bear-Hill Interiors; bearhillinteriors.com.
Moroccan side table: Vintage, from Central Station Marketplace; 501/623-4484.
Accessories/artwork atop mantel: also from Bear-Hill Interiors.
Lamp: Vincent Floor Lamp, also by Oly.
Instead of a bulky full-size refrigerator, Kevin installed a small two-drawer version in the wet bar area, just across from the U-shaped kitchen. “We opted for an ice-maker over a freezer because we don’t eat much ice cream but do mix lots of cocktails,” he says with a smile.
The deck also includes steps down to their private dock, where they keep their pontoon boat. Kevin designed the dramatic Chippendale railing that stretches across the deck and down the steps. “Before we came along, there was just an old rope to hold onto as you descended a treacherous flagstone path to get to the dock,” says Kevin. “We needed a safer stairway. Plus, I wanted to inject a little funkiness into the back of the house, since that’s what people see from the lake.”
Patio furniture: West Elm; westelm.com.