Minimize and Modernize: A Cottage for the Times

From Margaret Everton on July 1, 2010 in Chicago

After tearing down the 1960’s ranch-style home they inherited along with their Lake Michigan land in Saugatuck, this couple decided it was time to minimize and modernize. Architect Charles K. Carlson was enlisted to build the vacation home of their dreams, while interior designer Stephen Knollenberg had the tough task of decorating it just to their liking. chicago lake home The biggest challenge that this team faced was incorporating the lakefront views into the home itself. This meant adding a lot of windows and accessories with a water-inspired color palette. A pool was built alongside the home to allow swimmers a view of the lake and give the homeowners an even more desirable backdrop. chicago lake kitchen In keeping with the minimalist design, Knollenberg used mostly black and white plus wood accents. The backsplash in the kitchen, meant to look like a wood floor, was made with 39-inch ceramic tiles. A chandelier above the table serves as a subtle anchor for the room. chicago lake living roomchicago lake patioIt’s clear how neutral the color palette actually is upon entering the living room. A vintage fireplace makes the space warm and inviting. Stepping away from the modern interior of the home, a group of rocking chairs on the porch encourages relaxing while experiencing the breathtaking scenery. Hanging lanterns add to the ambience. Blending this home in with the environment may have been a bit of a challenge, but this team did so quite successfully. I wouldn’t be surprised if the owners are now calling this their primary residence.

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