Sophisticated Rustic Whole House Project


This home, affectionately referred to as the Czar’s Hunting Lodge by its owners, was built overlooking Indian Lake in 1932. Our clients purchased the lodge in 2001. The husband and wife wanted to remodel the whole house to reflect both their tastes – an elegant style that paid homage to the lodge’s rustic roots. To accommodate the functionality needs of the couple, we made quite a few changes to the floor plan. We expanded the space previously used as the master bedroom and turned it into a cook’s kitchen with a breakfast nook. We added a large den for both spouses to work in, and added doorways to the living room for better access. By adding windows to the lake-side of the house, we flooded the lodge with light and highlighted the view of the lake. Combining a hunting lodge with elegant femininity is not an easy task. We kept many handsome features of the lodge, but chose beautifully detailed toile and complimentary earth tones to add sophistication to the space. In the living room we kept the stone fireplace, but added a delicate feature by displaying their collection of glass nearby. Other pottery pieces displayed on shelves, tables, and the mantle piece contribute an interesting, colorful variety to the mounted antique elk’s head and other stuffed creatures on the dark paneled walls. Inside the den sprawls a zebra skin rug, balanced by blue floral wallpaper. The wife’s love of toile is lavishly featured in the bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom walls are covered with red-toile wallpaper and complimented by the same pattern on fabric. In the bedroom, we gave the homeowners the light-colored room they desired by painting the walls cream. The red toile fabric on the bedding, headboard, drapes and upholstery add the feminine touch. In the kitchen we removed the original dark ceiling, exposing the white v-grooved panels above it to create a light, spacious atmosphere. White cabinetry and light countertops continue the airy feel, though touches of lodge were added like the image of the pheasant on the sink. The breakfast nook got its bit of toile through rich green drapery, which blends beautifully with the dark paneled walls and highlights the trees outside. Furnishings like the green painted ladder-backed chairs were chosen to complement the rustic nature of the house.

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