Soothing lake house retreat on Pleasant Hill Lake, Ohio

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A log cabin was recently turned into a beautifully styled lake house retreat for family gatherings, located on Pleasant Hill Lake in the rural area of Perrysville, Ohio. Owned by a couple whose main house is conveniently just 80 miles away in Columbus, the home was just recently purchased as a family getaway. Notable features includes an open plan layout, soaring 20 foot high ceilings and a spacious front porch for sitting and enjoying the beautiful lake views. Even though there were only a couple of bedrooms, there were other attractive features that made this home appealing; such as a roomy basement and loft, offering extra sleeping quarters for overnight guests. The house was not in need of any major renovations, but seemed to lack personality and warmth. One of the homeowners has three beautiful home decor stores called Bungalow Home, which allowed her to not only show off her great decorating skills but to source items from her store into her home. In the living room, slipcovered furnishings makes the space casual and welcoming. Decor items were a mix of antique market finds and the homeowners own shop. One of the main updates to the structure was to capture the views of the lake by adding half a dozen windows.

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In the kitchen, vintage nickel door knobs were added, upper cabinets were removed and pendant light fixtures replaced outdated ones to re-fresh the space. We think this cabin is absolutely charming, the spaces are open and welcoming, the furnishings are cozy and the cabin itself is the perfect size with every space being utilized. What do you think, would this be your ideal cottage retreat? Do you have a neat vacation cabin you would like to showcase here on 1 Kindesign? We would love to feature it, please contact us here so that we may be in touch.

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The walls were given a fresh coat of white paint (Simply White by Benjamin Moore), the homeowners go to color. The hickory wood flooring, banister and ceilings adds visual contrast to the white.


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A cowhide area rug adds warmth to the wood floors in the master bedroom. The bed was purchased from Crate & Barrel.

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The second floor encompasses a guest sleeping loft offering convenient pull-out sofas, keeping the small space tidy when not in use. It also plays double duty as a quiet little nook to read a book.

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A back hallway was revamped into a mudroom with salvaged door frames affixed to the wall to hang items on. Little rope balls have been used as hooks. Even the bench has been re-purposed from old barn wood.

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String lights accent the cozy porch space, picked up from Target. The wicker furnishings were selected from Pottery Barn, the family likes to gather here for conversation and entertainment.

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Photos: Country Living



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