Rustic lake house offers a magical getaway in the North Carolina Mountains

rustic lake house exterior

Joel Kelly Design in collaboration with Wyeth Ray Interiors has designed this rustic lake house retreat located on Lake Toxaway in the North Carolina Mountains. This home away from home is nestled on a point along the lake’s shoreline and is a standout among the many fine houses that dot the private getaway.

Gracefully framing the structure, bay windows add visual interest to this dwelling’s exterior facade. With a material palette featuring reclaimed snow fencing from Montana and a cedar shake roof, the design seamlessly merges with its natural environment. All material selections used in the design are either already weathered or will continue to age with time to create the appearance as if they have always existed on the site.


rustic lake house exterior

The goal of this design was to create a new construction home that exuded the timeless charm of a lakeside residence that had graced the shore for over a century. The project team crafted a mountain retreat tailored to the lifestyle needs of Atlanta-based homeowners, mindful of the selection of materials, functionality, and the celebration of its picturesque surroundings.

rustic lake house entry

What We Love: This rustic lake house provides its inhabitants with a warm and welcoming getaway in the North Carolina Mountains. We are loving every detail in this home, from the timeworn details throughout to the mix of furniture selections and decor and large windows framing idyllic views of the lake. We think this would be a wonderful respite to get away from it all and enjoy some relaxing time at the lake with family and friends.

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the ultimate lake house escape? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other incredible home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of North Carolina: See this striking North Carolina mountain refuge updated for entertaining and Timeless European style home with backdrop of North Carolina mountains.

rustic hallway

Living spaces are beautifully decorated with layers of found objects and carefully curated antiques, each with its own story to tell, weaving a narrative that spans the years. The relaxed vibe of this home offers a welcome reprieve for the homeowners from their busy work lives.

rustic living room

This home is not only an entertainer’s dream with its sophisticated living spaces, but it also offers intimate space for curling up with a good book or enjoying a glass of wine. Two large fireplaces anchor the great room, where groupings of furnishings are ideal for socializing. This space also features a formal dining area.

rustic living room with a built in reading nook

Above: Hidden nooks are tucked away from the main social hub, where curtains can close off the space off for privacy. Twin-size upholstered cushions provide both comfort and a peaceful retreat.

modern open plan dining and living room

Above: The great room is at the heart of the home, featuring towering ceilings and an expansive wall of glazing that creates the illusion that the dwelling is floating over the water.

modern open plan dining and living room

rustic home bar

rustic kitchen with soaring ceilings

Above: The kitchen features sealed oak cabinetry and bronze hardware for a beautiful aesthetic. The countertops are soapstone. The range hood is plastered, helping to bring down the height of the ceiling.

rustic kitchen

rustic kitchen with a fireplace

Above: This little fireplace adds so much personality to this already charming kitchen.⁠ An assemblage of copper pots hang on the wall.

rustic kitchen with a casual atmosphere

Above: This cozy breakfast nook is located next to the fireplace with a bay window that provides sweeping views of the lake. An exquisite reproduction dining table, sourced from Holland Macrae, coupled with performance fabric-covered seating, ensures that this high-traffic area not only withstands the test of time but exudes timeless elegance.

rustic kitchen pantry with a microwave and open shelving

Above: The butler’s pantry provides functional storage while also being used as a coffee bar.

rustic powder bathroom with a vessel sink

modern window seat

modern window seat and staircase

Living spaces are equipped with indoor-outdoor fabrics, durable varnishes, and cozy surfaces, ensuring nothing is too delicate for children or pets.

modern bedroom with a rustic stone fireplace and a reading nook in front of the window

modern bedroom with a reading nook in front of the window

modern bedroom with a rustic stone fireplace and an accent chair

modern bedroom with a canopy bed

modern hallway with window seats

modern attic bedroom

modern rustic bathroom

modern rustic bathroom vanity

modern bathroom with an integrated stone tub and a window

modern hallway

modern rustic bedroom

modern rustic bathroom

Above: The countertops in this bathroom are Carrara marble.

modern kids bunk bedroom in a blue and white color palette

modern rustic bathroom

modern rustic laundry room

modern rustic screened porch with a stone fireplace

Above: This covered porch is idyllic after a day on the lake, where a crackling fire awaits both this home’s inhabitants and their guests.

modern rustic screened porch with a console table

modern rustic screened porch with a dining area overlooking lake toxaway

rustic lake house exterior

PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Jenkins Followill

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Michael D Keenoy
6 months ago

Beautiful picture of the back of the house but no picture of the front…seems like a pattern lately. Many pictures of places to set your rear ends but somehow the floor plan can’t be deciphered…in this instance I see no connection to the kitchen area and maybe a living room on both sides of the dining table. Part of a pictorial of a piece of architecture should show how life flows in a structure…not necessarily a foggy staged owner walking on stairs…but how one space connects to another.

6 months ago

Fairly nicely done, despite an awful lot going on! Generally, all of the noise if fairly muted and cohesive – not overdone. Nice to see in this age of wretched excess coming out of people willing to spend way more than advisable, let alone welcoming.