Lake house favorites
Lake house favorites
What to look for when prepping for your summer at the lake
For many families, there's nothing like heading to a lake house in the summertime. With daylong water fun, outdoor dinners, and bonfires on the beach, trips to the lake make long-lasting memories. For the most wonderful family time possible, keep your lake house or vacation rental stocked with everything you need, from home decor to entertaining supplies. Here's what to look for when shopping for your lake house.
You probably spend most of your time at the lake enjoying the great outdoors, from dawn till dusk and beyond. Make your outdoor space comfortable with weather-proof sofas and chairs and a picnic table or two. For durability and protection from the elements, choose picnic tables that feature steel frames and thermoplastic seats. They're water resistant, which is great for those times when everyone sits down in wet bathing suits or towels.
Have fun after the sun goes down with a portable fire pit and a few benches or Adirondack chairs. Stock outdoor deck boxes with thick flannel throws to keep family and guests warm and comfortable while stargazing.
Activities at the lake work up an appetite. In the summer, few things tickle the taste buds like food straight from the grill. Make sure your outdoor space features a grill large enough to serve all your family and friends. For high quality and durability, look for a gas grill with features like an electronic igniter, heavy-duty grates, gliding drawers, a pull-out grease tray, and LED-lit controls. These options take a lot of the guesswork out of getting the grill to the right temperature and cooking foods to perfection.
In addition to a good outdoor grill, every lake home should have a few more outdoor cooking essentials. Shop for grilling utensils, grill baskets for veggies and fish, cast-iron kettles for baked beans and stews, and metal roasting sticks for hot dogs and marshmallows.
Make outdoor dinner parties extra-special with inviting table decor. Shop for checkered tablecloths, colorful camp-style dishware, rustic wood serving trays, and hurricane lanterns. Add a few console tables on wheels for serving food, and avoid trips to the refrigerator by filling galvanized metal tubs with ice and canned juice, soda, water, and seltzer.
With design elements like rock fireplaces and wood-plank floors, lake house living rooms are often rustic, warm, and cozy. When furnishing your lake house living room, consider a big leather couch for long-lasting style and easy cleaning. For the best quality, shop for couches made from full-grain leather. Bring in a few comfy army chairs topped with slipcovers made from durable duck cotton or soft denim. Go for a coffee table and end tables fashioned from reclaimed wood to impart more of that cozy cabin feeling.
Use accessories in the living room to create texture. Consider woven throw pillows and braided area rugs. For the seating area, choose a rug large enough to fit all four legs of your couch, chairs, and coffee table. This helps everything feel cohesive. Complete your rustic lake home look with antler mounts, vintage oars, antique picnic baskets, and old fishing creels.
Kitchen and dining room
At the lake, it's all about outdoor time, so your kitchen can benefit from being ultra-practical and stylish at the same time. Consider a portable, rolling kitchen island with plenty of prep space and a few wire shelves to hold appliances, serving bowls, trays, and canisters. Look for a design with locking casters. These wheels help you roll the island where you need it, and you can even bring it outside for easier entertaining.
In the dining room, consider a large wooden table for big family gatherings and add lake-cabin style with spindle-back chairs. Illuminate your dining space with caged or lantern-style pendant lights. Top your table with forest-inspired stoneware. Ceramic dinnerware in earthy colors is durable, scratch-resistant, affordable, and stylish.
There's nothing like falling asleep to the sound of waves gently slapping the shore. Create a haven in your bedroom with comfy bedding���think comforters and hand-stitched quilts���and add a few soft bed pillows. For the perfect blend of comfort and neck support, choose bed pillows with a memory foam center surrounded by a layer of down or synthetic fill. Accessorize in your bedroom with an antique dresser, rustic wood-framed mirrors, oversized paintings of nature, and fluffy area rugs.
The kids' bedroom is all about fun and function. Start with bunk beds, and then add bean bag chairs, book shelves, a wooden toy chest, and other kid-style furniture. When shopping for wooden toy chests, look for products with safety hinges to prevent slamming, cutouts to protect little fingers, and side handles for carrying. To make the kids' room feel like summer camp, bring in a child-sized table and chair set, a small teepee-style tent, and a few cozy sleeping bags. Create a cozy reading or board game nook for those blustery or rainy days.