Above is a painting we bought years ago. I have no idea who painted it but it looks a little Victorian to me. I by no means, tried to do the Lakehouse in a Victorian decor, I just loved the painting and it went well with the wallpaper, the border of which you can see below the painting. I then started to pick up colors from the painting, but the style of the furniture and room is just ALL OVER the place...
This is a view from the table by the windows where I had been blogging (it is the only place in the house I can get a signal, grrrrr). I thought it was a good view of the Great room. In the corner of the room you can see the wood burning stove. It was here when we moved in. This baby can sure heat up the house. On cold winter days it is all that we need. When the wood gets going and you keep feeding it, it starts to glow red.
You can also see my furniture. It looks a little formal, but, but once again it goes with my colors and I have to confess, I really wanted to sort of break the rules of what a lake house normally looks like, that sort of "Coastal Look". But as time has gone on, we have added all sorts of things, things that we like, and so I can't call this decor anything~maybe BLONDIE STYLE". Yes, that will go right along with Victorian, Contemporary, Shabby Chic... LOL!!!
You can also see the staircase. Originally, it went straight down and was quite steep. RC changed the configuration so it curves. It is another thing that isn't finished. Patience, Blondie, patience! Down the hall is the front door that leads to my big porch. To the right is part of the bar/counter that divides this room from the kitchen.
Another view of the Great room where you can see the fireplace and stone wall. The previous owner who built this house, gathered all these stones himself from local farm fields. Ignore the spear gun over the fireplace. The Husband put that up there just to antagonize me. It is coming down. I just don't know what to hang there yet. And the guitar, I don't know whose it is, but it looks good. Ha Ha.
Finally I wanted to show you a really neat sight that we saw coming back from a bike trip. The Husband bought me a new Treck bike. It has 24 gears. I have so much fun riding it. We went to a town about 15 miles away and rode along the banks of the St. Joseph River. I didn't have my camera, so take my word for it, it was a beautiful ride. So coming back, we rounded a curve and saw this group of Sand Hill Cranes (no, I didn't know that is what they were until my neighbor looked at the pictures and identified them. I thought they were herons and The Husband thought they were turkeys!! LOL!)
In this picture they were just milling around, minding their own business...
Once they became aware of our car and me hanging out the window trying to get pictures, they starting raising their heads up and squawking like mad!
So that was our big day yesterday and now I have to get ready for our trip. I will take some pictures. Everyone have a great week!