Whether you’re planning on perfecting your slalom or your game of Yahtzee this summer, there’s no better place to unwind and take in that fresh mountain air than by the lake.  But the A-frame or cottage doesn’t have to scream dark and rustic.  With the right combination of nautical, lodge and bright cottage charm, the lake house will be the center of great summer memories to come.

Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern CA.

The stripped-down deconstructed collection recently unveiled by Restoration Hardware has an old world feel.  The burlap and cotton upholstery mixed with walnut frames is a fresh take on shabby chic and would make any lodge by the lake look grand.

An antler chandelier from Restoration Hardware helps define the rustic Adirondack-style look of this “camp” as lake homes are called in many parts of lake country in the Northeast and Canada.

This stunning home in Eden Isle, Arkansas shows just how stylish those in the middle of the country really are.  With a palette of  washed gray, white, blue and green and a mix of natural stone and wood, the interior designed by Heather Chadduck takes advantage of the home’s views.

The bathroom features a freestanding Waterworks tub for peaceful bathing time.

The bedroom features a dramatic tufted bed and headboard and white tongue-in-groove walls.

The master features a small seating area and dramatic candlelit chandelier.  All photos courtesy of At Home in Arkansas.

Grainsack fabric used to upholster this cozy wingback chair has cottage charm but is modern at the same time, courtesy of Wisteria.

For a more traditional look, stripes always add a bit of casual to any home.  A wide striped chair in red is a great place to read a book after a long day on the lake.

A similar find from Manhattan Beach-based Indian Pink.

Horizontally striped curtains are another way to create a sporty vibe.  Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

Martha and Ash makes a charcoal version available on their Etsy site.

According to Wikipedia, “a Hudson’s Bay point blanket is a type of wool blanket traded by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in western British North America (now Canada) and the United States during the 18th century and 19th century. The blankets were typically traded to First Nations and Native Americans in exchange for beaver pelts. The blankets continue to be sold by Canada’s Hudson’s Bay Company and have come to hold iconic status in Canada.”  You can purchase them through several companies in the U.S. including L.L. Bean.  Photo courtesy of Elle Decor.

If your taste skews towards a more modern lodge look, check out these originals reupholstered in the blankets courtesy of Sit and Read in Brooklyn, NY.

This playful rendition of the Adirondacks can be made into a pillow, dishtowel or drinking glasses thanks to Cat Studio.

Apres lake drink?  Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Serena and Lily’s South Seas bar cart.

Have some fun with your art because you can’t take yourself too seriously when you’re at the lake.  Go Jump in the Lake by Spunkyfluff on Etsy.

Last one in is a rotten egg!

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