TLC Blueberry Orchards is now under new ownership. The new owners Doug and Sharleen Schmidt have re-named their orchard TLC Buffy’s Blueberry Orchard. Buffy was Sharleens nickname while working as a hair stylist in Northern Virginia for 37 years and since Buffy’s Blueberry’s has a nice ring to it they decided to carry the name to the orchard.
TLC Buffy’s Blueberry Orchard are loaded with berries that began to ripen in July. There are twelve varieties of blueberries in the field and the plants will produce berries through the month of September and possibly into October.The hours of business will be from 7am. to Noon, Wednesday thru Sunday. Select times are available for groups picking a minimum of 20 pounds. Call 540-330-5144 For more information or to schedule special picking times. If you pick the berries the price is $4.00/lb. If you call ahead for a certain quantity already picked, the price is $6.00/lb. There are 4 acres of blueberries that are pesticide free. Because of this we cannot use chemicals to control pests or poison ivy. It is recommended to wear long sleeves and long pants and to spray your legs or pant legs to prevent chigger and tick bites. Sharleen has bug spray available if you forget yours.
The property also hosts a resident Emu named Harvey, 10 chickens and 7 Guinea hens. A rustic barn and blackberry picking in season, are added attractions at the orchard. The orchard can be made available for special events. Contact Doug or Sharleen for additional information.
TLC Buffy’s Blueberries is located on Capital Hill Road off of route 608 in Huddleston, Virginia. To find them with your GPS enter the address 1038 capital rd. Huddleston, va. 24104. The orchard is the first entrance on the right after turning on Capital Hill Rd. The 1038 address is the yellow house on the corner of 608 and capital hill rd. After turning on Capital Hill Rd Follow the signs to the orchards entrance.
A Few Blueberry Benefits:
- Blueberry’s are rich in antioxidants and are believed to be beneficial for brain function, memory, eye health, anti-aging, nervous system and immune system.
- Blueberries can be frozen without doing damage to the fragile antioxidants they contain. Freezing blueberries at temperatures of 0°F (-17°C) for no more than 6 months, showed no significant lowering of overall antioxidant concentrations in research.
- Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber and are also are high in manganese. (Vitamin C is necessary for growth and repair of tissues, immune system, inflammation response, wound healing and much more. Manganese helps the body process cholesterol and nutrients such as carbohydrates and protein.)
- They are low in fat and sodium, have just 80 calories per cup and recent studies have found that blueberries have a positive impact on blood sugar regulation in type 2 diabetes.
- Organic is better: Studies of organically grown versus non-organically grown blueberries have given impressive results for the organically grown berries. Organically grown blueberries turned out to have significantly higher concentrations of total phenol antioxidants and total anthocyanin antioxidants than conventionally grown blueberries, as well as significantly higher total antioxidant capacity.
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New businesses are regularly opening up around the Lake, and some existing companies are doing remodels. It is nice to know there is evidence of steady economic growth as we see new services being offered and existing ones being revived. So come on out and support one or two of the upcoming Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies. You will enjoy yourself as well as supporting your community.
Bedford Landings will have their Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting, Wednesday, August 27th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m.,with the Ribbon Cutting at 12:15p.m.. Refreshments will be served. Directions: Route 122 South to White House Road (Rt. 608) Travel about 7 miles to right on Airport. Go one mile. Left on Buccaneer. Go one mile. Bedford Landings is on the right (1995). Roof Cleaning Service has a new Billboard on Route 608 east of Downtown Moneta. Stop by our office at 330 Lakewood Forest Road in Moneta for a $50 SoftWash Bucks coupon. Visit our website www.riddickroofing.com for more info or call 540-721-1329 for a consultation and free estimate.
The Cabinet Gallery cordially invites you to a Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting event, August 28 from 11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. with the Ribbon Cutting at Noon. The Cabinet Gallery, a new subsidiary of Smith Mountain Building Supply, features cabinetry ranging from “simply functional” to “your wildest dreams” and all places in between. Come enjoy complimentary refreshments, visit our showroom and meet our AKBD-certified professional designers.
Kupkakery Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at 1544 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount, Va. on September 10th.
O’Kelly’s at Westlake is hosting a Skin Care Day, Friday August 15, 11:30 to 2:30. Enjoy a free smoothie and meet with Beauty Consultants! Discover how to enhance and protect your beauty while “At the Lake”. Skin Care/Glamour Samples, Beauty Bucks Coupons, and O’Kelly’s gift cards to be given away.
Southern Roots is bursting at the seams and moving to a bigger store in The Plaza Shopping Center…Suite 1100, between Old Oak Café and Curves. Just a short walk from the current location. Same great stuff, more room for your shopping pleasure. Southern Roots is open Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3.
Is everyone else’s business going full speed except yours? Are you tired of that nagging feeling that you’re stuck in last place? Think that maybe you “just don’t get it”? Want some FREE expert help? Call Dick Ephgrave at the Longwood University Small Business Development Center
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Maintaining a home while keeping out unwanted pests is no easy feat. And the challenge is even tougher when you’re living near the water. Food crumbs, trash cans, and warm temperatures can attract a variety of rodents and creepy crawlies to your home.
So what are you to do? It often seems that spraying harsh chemicals and setting cruel traps are your only options, but that’s not the case.
You can actually repel pesky critters with essential oils derived from totally natural botanical sources.
Try out these natural solutions the next time you need to give the boot to unwelcome pests. You can pick them up at any health or natural food store, or even order them online.
The best way to use these oils for pest control is to dilute them in some water and spray them through a spray bottle. They’re simple, non-toxic, and safe for kids and pets too!
Keep Mice at Bay With Peppermint
They’re sneaky, and they’re fast. Mice can hide out in any number of nooks and crannies in your home, and they’re a real challenge to exterminate. What’s more, the main methods of eradication – sticky paper, traps, and poison – aren’t exactly humane.
Thankfully, peppermint oil can keep mice away with no trouble at all. Just spray a solution of peppermint oil and water around the baseboards of your home and around any areas where you believe they might be coming in. Before you know it, they’ll be abandoning your home to find more hospitable lodgings.
Banish Ants and Other Creepy Crawlies With Pennyroyal and Orange Oil
Ants: once you have them, they’re almost impossible to get rid of. The same is true for spiders, centipedes, and other insects. And unfortunately, making a habit of spraying insecticide in and around your home is both costly and hazardous.
That’s where pennyroyal and orange oil come in. Apply these oils in the same fashion as above – using a diluted solution through a spray bottle – for a cheap, safe, and effective bug killer. This natural solution doesn’t just kill bugs; it repels them too!
Combine Lavender, Lemongrass, and Citronella to Repel Mosquitoes and Ticks
Of all the bugs out there, the ones that feast on our bodies have to be the worst. And they aren’t just a nuisance. Mosquitoes and ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses.
To rid yourself of multi-legged, bloodsucking hitchhikers, mix up a homemade bug repellant using lavender, lemongrass, and citronella (tea tree, peppermint, and pennyroyal are good additions too, although they can cause a slight burning sensation if not properly diluted). These oils can be mixed into a salve with beeswax and coconut oil too.
Deter Raccoons and Other Rodents From Rummaging Through Trash With Tea Tree and Peppermint
No matter how cute their little furry masks may seem, raccoons are a huge nuisance. Unattended trash is their prime target, and they can leave behind a huge mess.
To keep them from digging through your garbage and rummaging around your home, simply spray your cans and bags with a solution of tea tree and peppermint oil. The tea tree oil imparts a bitter, off-putting taste to your trash, while the peppermint causes burning and irritation (both oils have an odor that raccoons find very unpleasant too). Don’t worry about causing the raccoons harm. They’ll likely take a couple whiffs and move on before they have the chance to dig in.
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If you’re in the market for a lakeside property, you’re likely a boating or watersports enthusiast. As such, you’re going to need a place to store your boat or watercraft.
Thankfully for boaters, many of lakeside properties on the market come pre-equipped with boat docks. However, wood docks require occasional care and maintenance to maintain their functionality. Of course, there are contractors and repairmen that can tend to these needs for you, but you can also take care of a great deal of your dock’s maintenance needs on your own.
To keep your dock in great shape, follow these five simple steps.
Always Use Treated Lumber
For any repairs you may need to execute on your dock, be sure to use only treated lumber materials. Treated lumber will resist rot and degradation better than any other type of wood.
Never Use Sealants or Treatment Products
After being told to only use treated lumber on your dock, you might be tempted to stock up on sealants, stains, and other lumber treatments, but you shouldn’t!
Applying sealants to lumber only sets off an endless cycle in which you have to seal every six months – a scenario that’s only beneficial for the folks who make sealants.
Treated, unsealed lumber can handle wet conditions just fine. What’s more, it can dry out naturally, a necessity for dock longevity that’s impeded by sealant application. Six or so months after sealant application, the sealant will degrade enough to allow water in, but not enough to allow it to escape entirely – a recipe for disaster.
Leave your treated lumber unsealed and unstained for optimal results.
Replace Old Flotation Barrels
For those whose docks make use of flotation barrels, one of your dock’s most important facets is also one of the easiest to replace.
Flotation barrels can be replaced with a few simple tools and a little elbow grease. And replacing old, leaky barrels can have a huge impact on dock stability.
Mend and Treat Chains
If your dock makes use of chains, take care to treat them with lubricant regularly. Regular lubricant application will deter rust and keep everything running smoothly.
In harsh waterside conditions, fasteners are one of the first things to deteriorate. Screws, nails, and other specialty fasteners can loosen, even fall out, after years of wear.
Take a few hours to look over your dock’s fasteners, tighten were necessary, and make note of needed replacements.
Sand Down Split Boards and Large Splinters
Split lumber can cause a multitude of problems, the foremost of which being injury from splinters.
Luckily, getting rid of splinters is a pretty easy task. All you’ll need is a pair of gloves and a belt sander. Just sand down any splinter that’s underfoot, and run your hand over the newly sanded patch with a gloved hand to ensure optimal safety.
When sanding treated lumber, it’s always best to wear a utility mask and safety glasses.
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Tags: Lake Living · Real Estate: Selling a Home
Whether you’re preparing to sell or simply interested in making a sound investment in your home, carrying out quality renovations is a surefire way to add value. However, it can be a challenge to know which renovations will return the most value.
Here are seven renovations that are most likely to pay you back in the long run.
Repaint With the Right Colors
Applying fresh paint from a neutral palate is one of the best things you can do to make your home more salable. Potential buyers want to envision themselves in your home, and if your walls are painted in bright shades that don’t suit their preference, that imaginary vision is quite a bit harder to construct.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
Home buyers are increasingly concerned with energy efficiency. As they prepare to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a new home, they want to make sure it won’t put them in the poorhouse by burning through energy unnecessarily.
Photo by Les Haines
Windows are one of the best (and least expensive) places to improve efficiency. A variety of highly efficient offerings are available from many different brands. Consult a local contractor to learn more.
Replace an Ailing Roof
This renovation is little pricier than the rest, but it definitely pays off. Although you’ll spend a notable amount to add a new roof to your home, it will bring an enormous amount of value to the table.
If you’re interested in adding even more value to your home, check out metal roofing. Seamless metal roofing will likely outlast every other facet of your home. Plus, it adds even more value than conventional roofing!
Check Your Plumbing
Little more is frustrating than dealing with old, dilapidated plumbing in a newly purchased home. Buyers know this, and they’re paying attention to what kind of shape your plumbing is in. If it’s seen better days, letting a plumber give it a once-over will be well worth the time and expense.
Add a Bathroom
No other room is in as high demand among home buyers as the bathroom. At the end of the day, it’s hard to have too many of them.
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Even adding a small half-bath can make a big difference in home value. If you’re open to doing a little DIY’ing, you’ll only end up spending a little for a lot of extra home value.
Give Your Kitchen some TLC
An aesthetically pleasing, highly functional kitchen is a major selling point for any home. Consider taking the time to turn your kitchen into a special space to entice potential buyers.
Increase Storage Space
This renovation probably has the highest return on investment out of them all. Adding storage space through new shelving or otherwise is a cheap and easy way to add instant value to your home.
Tags: Lake Living · Real Estate: Selling a Home
Q: Should I, as a buyer, get a home inspection?
Q: Are there situations where buyers, by their own choice, have opted to forego an official home inspection and as a result saved tens of thousands of dollars?
A: YES! However, I would need to qualify this response by explaining how they went about this. There is a creative way to get the benefit of a home inspection and still save mucho dinero on the purchase price. Using this technique gives some buyers the best of both worlds. This is situation-specific, so please contact me to get more information on how to accomplish it.
Q: Does the selection of a home inspector play an important role in the validity of the inspections results, or do most inspectors perform the same investigations and come up with the same results?
A: The choice of a home inspector is important, especially if you are from outside of this area, and you choose a home inspector out of the phone book or without a personal recommendation. Many buyers are surprised to learn that home inspectors in Virginia have no significant license or experience requirements. It is possible that you could hire a home inspector who has few qualifications, little education, or no experience, yet has decided to be a home inspector.
A new friend called me in tears. She and her husband had relocated to Roanoke from Northern Virginia last year and made the mistake of not using a buyers agent. When they placed an offer on a large home, they worked directly with the listing agent, and chose a home inspector out of the phone book. The inspector gave the home a virtually clean bill of health, and they made the purchase.
After months of suffering with wiring, plumbing and apparent structural problems, they called me for advice. The first thing they needed was an experienced, professional home inspector to undertake a thorough re-inspection. What this new inspector found horrified them. It appears that the house had been cobbled together in the builder-owners spare time and had sat vacant and incomplete for more than 12 years in the process. Much of the home had apparently never been inspected (it was out in the country, deep in the woods!) and the wiring, plumbing, extensive decks, and much more needs a total overhaul. The cost of the repairs necessary just to get the home to a serviceable level will likely be $50,000 to $60,000.
There were many obvious things that were not built to code, which could have been a tip-off that there was something very wrong. Though no home inspector is perfect, if this couple had worked with a professional who represented their best interests it is probable that their current suffering would have been avoided.
Lesson: Get personal recommendations and then obtain a home inspection from a professional, experienced home inspector.
PostScript: Few people are aware that there may be a way to file a claim through the title insurance company for some limited types of pre-existing damages. I helped my friends recover $25,000 of the damages that they suffered in the incident described above. Few home owners have any idea that this option is available to them, but it can mean tens of thousands of dollars in recovered funds when unfortunate events occur. Talk to your closing attorney to see if this type of coverage is available through a premier title policy.
Q: Do I need a radon inspection for the home I am buying?
A: As in many places across the United States, some homes in this area have radon in the basement. While there does not seem to be more radon here than anywhere else, I strongly recommend that you conduct a radon test as part of the home-buying process. The good news is that the fix for radon is always about the same and the cost is not that great. Typically, an agent can write up an offer that will compel the seller to pay for the cost of radon remediation prior to closing.
One note: There may be ways for a home seller to tamper with certain radon measurement devices. A smart home inspector with good equipment can detect this and frustrate their plans. Be sure to ask your inspector if he knows how to guard against this situation.
Tags: Real Estate: Buying a Home
There’s nothing quite like the therapeutic ritual of lounging at the water’s edge with a glass of wine or a cold brew, and the experience only gets better with small batch, handcrafted libations. Fortunately for beer and wine enthusiasts, Smith Mountain Lake is surrounded by several top-notch breweries and vineyards, some close by and all within driving distance.
So go ahead and take a trip to one of these fine establishments for a tasting. We’ve included an interactive map at the end of the post to guide your way.
Note: Sunken City is not listed on GPS or Google Maps. However, if you enter “Westlake Towne Center, Hardy, VA” into your map service or GPS, it will take you within sight of the brewery.
Hidden in northern end of Roanoke, Virginia’s suburb of Salem, Parkway Brewing Company is the region’s newest brewery. Having opened in early 2013, Parkway has experienced notable success, both in the local community and across state lines. Currently, Parkway offers a crisp west coast-styled IPA, blonde ale, kolsch, and porter.
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Anyone is welcome to stop in at the Parkway brewery during tasting hours (set seasonally). During tasting hours, visitors can enjoy Parkway brews on-site or fill up a growler to take home. Go enjoy a fresh pint along with live music and local food truck eats on one of Parkway’s open house get-togethers, usually scheduled for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday; see the Parkway Facebook page for details.
Sunken City Brewery
Just a short drive from the water, Sunken City Brewery artfully produces three varieties of microbrew craft beer – the Red Clay IPA, Smith Mountain Lake Dam Lager, and Sunken City Brown Porter. During the fall and winter months, they also produce two rich seasonal brews, a winter ale and harvest lager.
After operating for just under a year, Sunken City has earned a place in the hearts of Smith Mountain Lake beer enthusiasts and casual sippers alike. Visitors are welcome at the brewery tap room, where limited run brews and snacks are served. Hours are available at http://sunkencitybeer.com/.
Valhalla Vineyard has been producing award-winning wines for discerning palates in the Roanoke Valley for nearly 15 years. For the cost of a tour, vineyard visitors can sample five wines of their choice, get a glimpse of the Valhalla aging process in an authentic cave storage space, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vineyard.
Photo by Derek Gavey
Tours and tastings are by appointment only, so plan ahead if you’re interested in stopping by. Learn more by visiting Valhalla on the web at http://www.valhallawines.com/index.htm.
Hickory Hill Vineyard
Undoubtably the vineyard with the strongest roots in Smith Mountain Lake, Hickory Hill has been crafting wine in the area for over 30 years. Taking pride in their local heritage, Hickory Hill’s proprietors are dedicated to growing, processing, and aging all of their wine within Moneta county borders.
The Hickory Hill tasting room is open Wednesday-Sunday between April and October. During the rest of the year, tastings are held on Saturdays only. For detailed information on Hickory Hill wines and business hours, visit them online at http://www.smlwine.com/.
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Spring 2014 brings several exciting events with it to Smith Mountain Lake. Get outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather, and check out some of these upcoming lake area events.
Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival
When: Sunday, May 10
Where: J.T.’S at the Lavalette
Cost: $13-15 including ticket fees
Photo by Sharon Mollerus
Wine from 28 different vineyards along with a variety of handmade strawberry fare will be available at this year’s Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival. Gretna, VA is just a short drive from the lake. Get your tickets and find out more about the wine list and menu at http://www.gretnastrawberrywinefest.com/welcome.html.
Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run
When: Saturday, May 17
Where: Mariner’s Landing
Cost: $350 for two players
Organized by the Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association, the Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run is held to raise funds for boating safety awareness. Boaters cruise the lake, stopping at various “card stops,” in search of cards to build the best poker hand. Several cash prizes are distributed. Learn more about the event and how to register here: smlba.com.
70th Anniversary D-Day Commemoration
When: Friday, June 6
Where: National D-Day Memorial, roughly 30 minutes from the lake
To honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, there will be a USO show and veteran reunion at Bedford’s national D-Day memorial. This is a perfect chance to experience this special national memorial along side our nation’s surviving heroes and their families. To get more information about Bedford’s D-Day memorial and the soldiers to which it is dedicated, visit http://www.dday.org/.
Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament
When: Friday, June 6
Where: Westlake Golf Course & Country Club
Photo by Tord Sollie
Hosted by the Westlake Golf Course & Country Club, the annual Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament gives local and visiting players the chance to compete for prizes and enjoy one of the lake area’s premier golf courses. Sponsorships and entry fees can be found at visitsmithmountainlake.com.
Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days
When: Sunday, June 15
Where: Franklin County Recreation Park
Cost: $5, free for children under 12
Held on Father’s Day, the Southwest Virginia Antique Farm Days give visitors the chance to see heritage farm equipment and working demonstrations along with games, activities, and other exhibits. This event is perfect for a day of quality father and son time. Find out more by visiting the event webpage here: http://www.svapf.org/.
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Back in the good old days of real estate (not so long ago…in the first half of this decade, in Northern Virginia and other areas), buyers were having a hard time purchasing the homes they wanted, or any home. Many buyers were beat out by other buyers again and again, even if their offer was submitted for full price or more on the first day the home was on the market.
After dealing with rejection over and over, some buyers came up with the idea of including a love letter with their offer. This is a letter that attempts to gain emotional support from the seller for this buyer. It paints a picture of how much the buyer likes the property and how they plan to enjoy it for years to come. Buyers often tell a story about their family, their children, their pets and why this is the perfect home for them. This strategy can also be used when offering a lower price or asking for furnishings.
The time is over when buyers made a list of insults to try to beat down sellers prices. That never really worked anyway, in my opinion. It is a better strategy to compliment the seller on their good taste and give them a picture of how the next owner will enjoy the fruits of the sellers labors and efforts.
Needless to say, I believe the love letter is a great relationship-building tool that buyers can use to help make their case to sellers. Even if there is not a competitive situation, it can help buyers make a connection with sellers that cannot come through a written offer alone.
One of my buyer couples simply did not quite have the financial ability to purchase the property of their dreams. Rather than give up on this lot, we worked with them to undertake this process. First, we did all of our due diligence upfront. We contacted a few builders to review the lot. We checked on all of the issues related to the dock and shoreline. We reviewed the lot with a surveyor and examined the septic permit on file with the county.
Second, we wrote up an offer. This offer was far below asking price, but was for cash and had no contingencies at all. The offer was right at the buyers absolute financial limit. It included a large, non-refundable (if accepted) deposit check. Because we had done all of our due diligence upfront and had no contingencies, we had contacted a closing attorney and made a plan to close in 72 hours if the offer was accepted.
Third, the purchasers wrote a beautiful love letter. They told of their years of public service and their desire to retire at Smith Mountain Lake, the loveliest place they had ever seen. They told what type of home they planned to build and how their grandchildren would come to enjoy the lake.
Lastly, we contacted the sellers agent. She was surprised that we had already conducted the due diligence upfront, and even more surprised that we offered to close later that week. She shared, however, that the seller had previously declined offers higher than the one we were making.
The seller was a person of principle, and he cared about other factors in addition to the money. He therefore accepted the offer. He had never received an offer like this, and I think one of the deciding factors was the love letter. The seller felt a connection with the buyers and even asked if he could meet them. Even though the seller took far less than he desired, he felt great about the buyers and the transaction, and the buyers were able to acquire the property of their dreams.
Note that I am not recommending a manipulative strategy in which a buyer attempts to persuade a seller to do something that is not in his best interest. Rather I am suggesting a way for buyers to warm up the traditionally cold process of the written offer. The love letter takes what can sometimes be a frustrating and even insulting process and uses it to potentially form a bond between the parties. After all, the goal of a successful real estate transaction is a win-win. And maybe a few friendships can be developed along the way, which is a big plus in any transaction.
Tags: Real Estate: Buying a Home
Lakeside living is a lifestyle like none other, and the décor of each lakeside house is a special part of the experience. Combining a mixture of maritime, vintage, and traditional motifs, lake house décor has a chic flare all its own.
Photo by Bradley Wells
Whether you’re a seasoned lake house resident or avid decorator in search of genuine lake house designs, use these interior decoration tips to give your home a cozy and authentic lake house vibe.
Use a Fresh, Light Color Palette
The use of light colors is common for lake and beach houses alike. In general, maritime themed interior décor makes generous use of whites and light pastels. However, when using these colors it can be easy to cross the line from tasteful to tacky. To avoid going overboard, pick a bright white as your primary color and use just one or two other colors as accents throughout the home, one darker color at most.
The light, ethereal atmosphere that this color scheme can impart to a waterside home makes for a gorgeous and understated living space.
Ditch the Drapes
One of the main reasons for taking up residence in a lake house is to enjoy the beautiful views, so don’t keep them from joining your interior décor ensemble. With the exception of bedrooms and bathrooms, the windows in your lake house should be uncovered to allow you and your guests to witness the gorgeous setting in which your home is situated. Plus, extra natural light will improve the aesthetic of any living space.
Bring in Maritime Subtleties
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Decorators need to be extra careful when dealing with maritime accents. Every lake house needs the appropriate maritime accouterments, but it only takes a few too many to ruin the feel. Avoid items that are too new and artificial or too old and dingy. Tastefully worn wooden buoys, duck decoys, and so on are good choices when seeking maritime accents, and they can be found easily in local thrift stores and antique shops.
Choose Antiques Carefully
In the minds of many there is a memory of a lake house rental from summers long past, with quaint fixtures and decades of character. Channeling that image into your home with tasteful, quality antiques can give your home a whole new element of rugged authenticity. Look for simple pieces with specific purposes – an old kitchen table, headboard, or wardrobe. These salvaged gems are sure to add character to your home.
Incorporate Raw, Unfinished Accents
Nothing works better than a few raw or unfinished accents to offset the bright white color scheme of the typical waterside home. For example, cast iron dining room chairs can add a rustic edge. Rough, unfinished supporting beams of hardwood, if they are present in your home, should be uncovered to show off their character. Incorporate these elements into your home to tie together a completed lakeside look.
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