Thursday, August 9, 2012

If I had a cabin.....






Do you ever wish
maybe you owned 
a cottage or cabin
on a quiet little lake?




Plain and simple. No fuss. No frills.



Screened porch sleeping.



SLL




Nothing too big ---
don't want to clean 
when I go there
  -- just want to relax
and get away from it all.





 It's got to be kid and big dog friendly.
Fabrics and surfaces that can stand up
to time and wet paws or bathing suits.



 Recycled furnishings that could
tell a story about their passed down
lakeside life.



A girl can dream, right?


SLL







But then reality wakes me up
and reminds me that we
have to put two teens
through college!







Ahhhhhh.... someday?





But.....
if I could ever
own a little lake house
... these images
mostly from Pinterest 
and a couple from
reflect
how I would love to
decorate it.





So tell me,
do you have recurring
dreams like this too?








Now doesn't that look like a dream?




33 comments:

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

Yes! Looks totally dreamy! Maybe someday.... :) BTW I am wanting to buy a wool tartan blanket for my son's room. Do you have any good sources??

The Other Me Is Sane said...

I love all your pictures. Especially the ones with fish on the walls! Seems that cottages on lakes are in short supply, but we can all wish can't we.

Rebecca said...

Oh, yes! I dream, too. I especially like the interior pics with the cots ready for napping....and the two chairs on the dock. Etc. etc.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

That last photo just took my breath away! I hope your dream comes true. In the second photo, I think the bed next to the fireplace looks very inviting ;o) You've provided us with some wonderful decorating ideas for our cabin at the lake.

Custom Comforts said...

So pretty and relaxing. I dream of having a beach house, but your dream looks very inviting too.
Cindy

MarmePurl said...

I had a recuring dream for most of my life about owning an old farmhouse to restore with mountain veiws in the heart of Virginia.
Deams do come true! Keep at it.

The enchanted home said...

Doesn't get better, only problem is if I did have one I might never go home, this is heaven to me, peaceful, quiet, beautiful and calm.......in other words perfection!

Ron said...

I too dream about a beach house!!! I hope you get your lake house in your dreams. xo

NanaDiana said...

Well, we do live in a lake house and I love it. Years ago, however, we had a simple little cottage on the bay-with the sleeping porch and durable everything- sleeping room for 8 and it was so much fun. We spent most of the summer there and drove into town for work. It was such a simple life...and there are days I long for that simplicity again.

And, although I LOVE the lake house I would LOVE to live on the Big Water...the ocean or Lake Michigan...Blessings to you-someday when your kids are grown and gone maybe that dream will come true and YOUR kids will bring THEIR kids to visit gramma & grampa at the lake- xo Diana

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

OMG, these are all great!!! So glad I am finally getting your posts back :) All the pictures are just dreamy! I guess for now that is what we do in our camper. It gets us some peace and quiet, but a cabin on a lake would be grand!
xoxo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Ok, I want one too. Yep, they all look fabulous. I could take any one of them and be totally happy. Hugs, Marty

Andrea said...

I adore cottage life! Growing up, my Granparents had an amazing cottage on the ocean on the West coast of BC. I have such great memories of early morning Salmon fishing, card games by the fire, picking fresh carrots and cherry tomatoes in the garden. My husband and I have often talked about buying lake or ocean front property for a cabin. Alas, we have so far resorted to our 'cabin on wheels' (RV) and take the girls camping as much as we can, which is still a lot of fun =)

Sue said...

Thank you for this post ~ I am blessed to have a little cabin in the woods on a tiny lake, very near Spider Lake Lodge in fact and I was just kinda whining to myself about making the trek up there. {we live in TX} You have reminded me of all of the things I love about our cabin. It's cozy, easy to care for, and full of fun and quirky decor.

Designs By Pinky said...

This IS my dream, exactly, with the addition of a pontoon boat to troll around the lake!!!!!!!!!!! But, it will STAY a dream as I know it will never happen. I have always wanted a place on any body of water. Thanks for these bbeautiful images. Have a beautiful weekend. XO, Pinky

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I swear that one pic at night with the fire pit looks exactly like my sister's house on a lake in Montana. It was custom built and is just gorgeous!

:)

Linda

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

You have really hit the nail on the head here, Alison.
The very first pictue with those Adirondack chairs overlooking a pristine calm lake takes my breath away. That is exactly the 'FEELING' I'm thinking about when I talk about a Lake retreat. Or a Lake vacation.
Just add it to .....the dream files. :)

Garden, Home and Party said...

Alison,
I do love the idea of a second home. That said, my folks had one and their complaint was that they always seemed to need something from the house they weren't at! Ha. It wouldn't stop me, I'd love a getaway in the mountains where we could hike and find snow in the winter months. I agree, no extra fuss, don't want it to be a house I have to worry about keeping perfect.
Karen

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Girl, I hear you! We have one in grad school and one in college and, as my neighbor said, when your kids are in college, your money just flows away like water. We miss the lake house my in-laws had in Michigan. Used to love to spend time there in the summer. Cottages are work, but so worth it.

Bliss said...

I just decided the way to my heart is to float me around a dusk on that raft. How cool would it be to come home to, "I have a surprise for you" and that was it?

~Bliss~

The French Hutch said...

Hi Alison, After looking at these amazing photos I think I could get use to a relaxing cabin getaway. I love the sleeping porch and it would be my favorite place! Have a great weekend……….

~Emily
The French Hutch

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I would love a cabin with a sleeping porch and an outdoor shower! Can I have it without the bears please!!!
Beautiful dreaming!

SavannahGranny said...

WOW! All the pictures are awesome. I love the very first one. The bed in it looks so comfy and the fireplace is perfect.
I would take anyone of them.
I do dream of a place that I visited with my parents. It still exists and is near Chattanoga, TN. I would love to revisit it in my lifetime. Too long a story for now. Perhaps a post.
Blessings
Ginger

michele said...

oooooh how you have created a cozy dreamy mood with these images of lovely! take me with you!

smiles.

michele

Sarah said...

Alison, I always dream of a lake side cottage or beach house or cabin in the mountains. Why not dream in threes. Odd numbers are lucky! Hope your dream comes true. I recently told someone that my advice to a young couple would be to try to buy such a property when first starting out, pay it out over the years, and when you retire it will be there waiting for you. Wish we had done that with a house on Nantucket. ~ Sarah

Rose L said...

It would be nice to escape. I have so much stress in my life and an escape would be so wonderfully appreciated.

dawnineden.com said...

Love these photos. My husband knows how badly I want a little lake cottage. Something to retire to or use when the grandkids are around. Just need to win a little lottery jackpot!

The Old Farm Bell said...

Hi! Alison,

Those images are just beautiful. The image of the canoe near the dock with the trees in the background, looks so serene.

I'm dreaming right now of that fantastic cottage stone fireplace. Me like!lol. Omg! love it!

We put two of our kids, through University & College... so I can relate to that. It does go by quickly & they have a wonderful career for the future :o)Worth it!

Dreams are good! and many come true. Wishing yours do to ;o)

Have a great weekend!

Blessings & Hugs,
Marlene

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh one can dream...I loved all your images of the "good life"....I can just imagine sitting outside by the fire hearing the frogs and crickets and watching the fireflies pass by...Thanks for the taking me along in your dreams of a beautiful tranquil life in a cabin on a lake!

Susan Hawthorne said...

love the floating raft with the candlelight dinner- very pretty pictures. Susan at Romancing the Home

Elizabeth and Gary said...

I'm right there with you! A getaway cabin or cottage on a lake would be dreamy for sure.(except for the mosquito's LOL but then that's what bug spray is for).
I such a dreamer too...
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Looking at all of these photos really make me want a cozy cabin by a lake. Such lovely photos, Alison! I love the old camp blankets, wicker and the sleeping porches.

Have a great week!

Becky

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

My dream is not really a cabin but a very quaint cottage. Right on the lake. I mean the lake has to be in my front yard. :o) Only problem is that's not really my husband's dream. He would love a cottage on a golf course. lol.

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