As an artist and designer I have been blessed with wonderful friends and clients with drop dead gorgeous cottages, cabins and lake houses. Last year I had the privilege of painting murals in a clients second home located on the banks of Canandaigua Lake in Bristol NY. A spacious and unreal plot of land that draws you in the mile long road with rolling hills of wine vineyards on both sides. I spent two entire weeks painting pretty much every square inch of this summer home and relaxed out on a patio overlooking one of the Finger Lakes most gorgeous lakes at lunchtime. As soon as I got there my blood pressure dropped and I realized that I needed a lake house of my own!
That night I reached out to my realtor mother and had her search the multiple listings for lakefront cottages and cabins. There wasn’t much in our price range! I was looking for a fixer upper and we set off on a Sunday drive in search for a quaint little place with a waterfront view. We came across a few that were beyond repair and another that was less than ten feet from its neighbor, and several that had water view but non on the water. Then we got word from a realtor friend that a fixer upper was just reduced and was slightly over our price range. We drove to the Times Union community on Honeoye Lake and fell in love with its charm and sweetness. it reminded me of the homes of Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard. Small cozy cottages on lots with waterfronts, a park, playground and beach. The 744 square foot cottage was lakefront and brick red with a screened in front porch. My father would later tell us that in his native Sweden a vacation home would always be painted red. The house needed tons of work but had great bones, crooked bones but great bones and I knew with my art and design background I could turn this run down sleeper into a beauty! We affectionately call her “Itsy Bitsy” and here is the story of her makeover.
This small 9′ by 9′ room just fits a day bed with trundle and dresser. We wanted to give Chloe an grown up but still whimsical nautical room. We painted the walls in Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice. A very light blueish gray color. We dressed the windows with navy and white striped panels from HomeGoods, a bright yellow bedspread and a mix and match approach to accent and throw pillows. We spray painted an thrift store night stand lime green and found the cutest wooden oars from HomeGoods. The bottom two were found as is and the top one we added a painted whale. The trundle pulls out and is an additional bed for her girlfriends or cousin Charlotte. More images and details of this little room to come…. Welcome to Itsy Bisty!
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