Design Dossier:  Lakeside Luxe

Design Dossier: Lakeside Luxe

Huff Harrington Design recently finished an install at a gorgeous Lake Keowee home.  Perfectly perched on the shore with sweeping lake views, the house just needed a little updating - and Mother Nature provided all the inspiration.

The first thing our designers took into account are the spectacular lake vistas that are visible from just about every window in the house.  Lead designer, Wren Caples, ended up just looking outside for the design inspiration because, as we all know, it's  pretty hard to compete with Mother Nature. The home is nestled in a cove and the color of the water is a gorgeous emerald green.  That was the color the designers used for the design palette: greens, blues, sepias and caramels that are repeated throughout the house in upholstery, rugs and pillows.

The house was is great shape and didn't need too much work, structurally.  Our clients felt it just needed a little spatial redirection and updated furnishings and soft goods - and the Huff Harrington team agreed.

With deep greens, blues and browns layered with neutral cottons and velvets, the main rooms of the house now feel cohesive and flow beautifully from one to the next. The team loved the idea of keeping the palette pretty simple but used texture to add visual interest.  And to complement the house's strong bones and clean lines, the designers opted for upholstery and furniture that felt grounded and very tailored.

The starting point in the family room was the striking Palecek woven rattan armchairs, painted in a glossy black.  In went a sleek, clean creamy-white sofa to pair nicely with an existing set of nubbly armchairs and a new rug. The piece de resistance? The client's expansive wood coffee table that echoes the trees visible all around the lakefront.


The kitchen received an update with the existing barstools getting a new look with a pretty soft green Schumacher performance fabric.  A mixed media abstract painting from Huff Harrington Fine Art crowns the cooktop's hood.

In the adjacent dining room, existing host chairs were covered in a creamy performance fabric and are complemented with dining chairs in a dusky blue.  A beautifully patterned new Oushak rug grounds the space.

Elsewhere around the house, the HH Design team added their touch with accessories, new lamps and lighting and art. 

The newly imagined foyer features upholstered cubes (which can double as extra seating when necessary), lighting and some carefully curated accessories.

It's fun to keep pieces that are a happy nod to lake living, so in the family room, clean-lined shelving holds photos and rustic accessories.


Woven baskets, original art and beloved family photos add texture and interest to contemporary shelving next to the fireplace. 


We're happy to report that our clients are thrilled with their "new" house and have plans to keep going with a large terrace level re-do.  

It just goes to show that Mother Nature truly does know best.



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