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Photo Helen Norman

Last summer I lucked out and scouted Richard Tubb's lake house (above) that's featured in the June issue. Headed to an Alabama lake that I'd never been to (that's well out-of-the-way of cell phone and GPS service), Richard assured me that I wouldn't get lost if I took the turns marked by a black sign with seven aluminum lines. Intrigued but trusting, I set out for the house guided by corners marked with groupings like the one below.

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Photo Zoë Gowen

When I arrived a few hours later I couldn't help but think that these artful signs set the tone for adventure at the lake, much more than street signs do.

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Photo Zoë Gowen

So what's the story with Richard's seven squiggly lines? They represent the name of Richard's lake house -- "Seven Sticks" named for the seven white spruce poles that support his home.

Richard's handiwork got me thinking -- what other artful signs are dotting country roads across the South? Is at the end of your own drive? Or perhaps just a sign that you pass often? Let me know in the comments below!

Want more? Create a secluded lake house getaway like Richard's with these Lake House Decorating Ideas.