Fall weather has us thinking about leisurely weekends with friends — watching football or sitting on a porch enjoying cooler weather. This new lake house on Lake Oconee (about an hour east of Atlanta) looks like just the place, thanks to the charming interior design by Gainesville-based Maggie Griffin. We got the backstory from Maggie on the house.
What was the starting point for this project?
The homeowners live full-time in Suwanee, GA, but they wanted a place where they could enjoy friends and family on Lake Oconee, in Eatonton, GA. They loved the lot they found to build on, and the house plan worked perfectly on the land, particularly with the rustic vibe of Reynolds Plantation. The homeowners are custom homebuilders, so this whole process suited them to a tee! Boating, being near the water, hanging out by the pool and spending time with friends is all a part of their fun lifestyle.
What was your role with the house?
I met this awesome couple through a mutual friend. Being homebuilders, they naturally have amazing taste and love the whole building process, so it made my job easier. Working with the wife on this project was just like hanging out with a girlfriend, having fun choosing finishes, fabrics and furnishings.
What are some of the cool architectural features?
When you work with a custom homebuilder on their own weekend home, my little dreams can become a reality. For instance, we decided to shiplap all of the main living spaces … the entry, living room, kitchen and back hallway, all the way up the staircase and onto the upper level landing. It’s very cohesive. The beam work in the living room is a nod to the rustic vibe, and the shingles used on the façade as well. I love the stonework around the front steps and the pool area too.
What are some things people need to take into account when building/furnishing a lake house?
I think it’s helpful to have the main living spaces all connected; here, the loggia/porch naturally extends from the living room so nicely, and of course, the kitchen and breakfast room also come off the living room. Having ample bedrooms was also important so that their family could all be under one roof together. And of course we can’t forget about durability. We chose high-performing finishes that are also attractive, and Scotchgard is a must! I recommend it to all of my clients.
“We kept the furnishings neutral but made sure they weren’t boring. Interesting textures like linen sheers, jute rugs, flaxen fabrics, velvet pillows and gorgeous tones picked up from the woods deliver a lot of interest. We felt this was particularly important in the all-white spaces, especially for this lake house nestled in the woods,” Maggie explains.
We couldn’t agree more! Thank you, Maggie, for sharing your work with us today!
Thanks to brianbieder.com for lovely photography!
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