Step inside a dreamy American cottage style house on a Connecticut lake


Thom Filicia brought a delightful blend of casual and refined aesthetics to the transformation of this cottage-style house on Candlewood Lake, Connecticut. With their primary residence being in Brooklyn, New York, a family sought a getaway home where they could spend time in nature for relaxation and leisure. Continue below to see the rest of this spectacular home tour…

Above: In the entryway, a ceiling light fixture from Circa Lighting graces the space, accompanied by wall sconces sourced from Urban Electric. The Handiwork Modern Art White Ceramic Hands Sculpture Stool adds the perfect finishing touch.


The designer infused a fresh, clean style into this 3,000-square-foot cottage. Spread out over three levels, there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Throughout this American cottage-style dwelling, the designer adorned the interiors with furnishings and finishes in a palette of cool, rich earth tones inspired by the retreat’s surroundings.


What We Love: This cottage style house provides a young family with a wonderful home to spend time outdoors for summer and weekend getaways. Living spaces are warm and relaxing, with plenty of space for enjoying board games, quality family time, and places of rest after a long day on the water. Large windows frame astonishing views of the picturesque lake from just about every room in this cozy home.

Tell Us: What details in the redesign of this home do you find most inspiring and why? Let us know in the Comments below.

Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Connecticut: An absolutely dreamy Georgian style home in the Connecticut countryside and A beautiful Colonial house in Connecticut gets a timeless makeover.


Above: In the dining room, the walls and floors were given a fresh coat of paint for a bright and airy atmosphere. The ceiling treatment is Thom Filicia Madagascar Pepper | TFC1210 from MDC Interior Solutions. The teak and cane chairs were sourced from Lucca Antiques, while the chandelier is from Currey & Co.


Above: In the kitchen of this cottage-style house, the cabinets are painted in Philipsburg Blue HC-159 | Benjamin Moore. Illuminating the island are the Wilcox Deep Bowl Pendant Lights from Barn Light Electric. The seagrass stools are from English Country Home. The countertops are ebony soapstone, while the backsplash tiles are from Ann Sacks. The sink faucet is from Franke Products. The table is vintage.

lakeside cottage dining room

Above: This intimate breakfast nook is perfect for enjoying your morning cup of coffee or casual dining. Set against the window is a dining bench from Apropos Furniture. The custom-designed burlap dome pendant light was sourced from Sedwack & Brattle. The floor lamps are from Circa Lighting. Bringing a pop of color into this space is an orange and white area rug from Carpet Culture.


Above: In the family room, the painted chevron floors bring an abundance of personality into the space while keeping the casual aesthetic that the owners desired. The plush sectional sofa is from the Thom Filicia Home Collection, while the coffee table is from Mecox Gardens. On the ceiling, the light fixtures are from Circa Lighting, while the wall sconce is from Generation Lighting. Grounding the space is a vintage rug.


Above: The painted chevron floors are in the colors: Black Iron 2120-20 | Benjamin Moore and Moonshine 2140-60 – Benjamin Moore.


Above: The powder bathroom is located on the main level. The wallcovering is from John Rosselli & Associates. The sink is a one-of-a-kind rustic fossil stone vessel paired with a faucet from Signature Hardware. The mirror is from Mecox Gardens.


Above: The guest bedroom is decorated with a lake life theme. To bring this style to life, the designer selected hand-carved fish nightstands sourced from Dartbrook Rustic Goods. On the walls, striped grasscloth wallcovering is from Holy Hunt. The window treatments are from Kravet. On the ceiling, the light fixture was sourced from  Circa Lighting.  The bed was custom fabricated while the bench is by  Lillian August. Grounding this space is an area rug from Feizy Rugs.


Above: The main bedroom boasts sweeping views of the lake for a serene atmosphere. The selection of Holly Hunt wallcovering is inspired by the view. On the bed, the duvet cover and quilt are from Sedgwick & Brattle, accented by a bolster pillow covered in Rebecca Atwood fabric. Softening the windows are drapery treatments from the Thom Filicia Home Collection for Kravet. Illuminating the space from above is a chandelier by Mecox Gardens.


Above: On the third level, dormer windows in the kid’s bedroom make you feel like you are living in a tree fort. It’s a playful space that is designed to create lasting memories. The walls are painted in Denim Wash 838 | Benjamin Moore. On the ceiling, the wallcovering is John Rosselli & Associates. Wall sconces are from Barn Light Electric. The bed is from BluDot, while the chair is vintage. Adding texture underfoot are area rugs from Feizy Rugs. Window treatments are by Kravet.








Above: Jutting out over the rocks, a tiered outdoor patio for lounging and dining provides sweeping views of the lake. The rattan dining chairs are from Serena & Lily, encircling a teak wood table from Sutherland Furniture. Retreating to the lounge space, one can relax in the Avila Grey Rope Woven Natural Teak Outdoor Lounge Chairs from Palecek. The Durban Coffee Table by Azzurro Living is handmade with glass fiber reinforced concrete and is paired with a matching side table.

PHOTOGRAPHER Nick Johnson Interiors

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