Deck 1Deck-2

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a weekend get-away?  Even better if it were only an hour or so from home and came with its on private pier, pontoon boat and gorgeous lake views.  Well that’s just what we’ve been working on this spring for a client lucky enough to have just that.  Powers Lake is just north of the Illinois- Wisconsin border and an easy drive from Chicagoland.  My clients purchased this beautiful property in early spring and we began renovation to fit their lifestyle and taste.

We made a few changes to the exterior including new flat panel black shutters and black storm door.  We also re-stained the deck from a burnt orange to a very dark gray/brown (see above).

Living Room 3

Living Room 4










Then, to the interior, where off-white walls with the occasional accents of peach and cream were replaced with warm grays, blacks and whites for a more “urban” appeal.  The dated oak woodwork throughout the house was painted white to better coordinate with the cooler wall colors.  If you remember from our May 30th post, the fireplace stone had to be painted along with the brass fireplace door.  The oak mantel was painted black and the existing glass mosaic was covered with a stack-stone mosaic.  New carpet in the living room and upstairs completed the canvas.

Living Room 1Living Room 2

To get the biggest bang for the buck, we repurposed as much furniture from their former lake home as well as some for their primary residence as possible.  With the core elements already on hand, the only things left to add were a few chairs and tables.

Front Room 1Front Room 2

Of course, new lamps, artwork, accessories and window treatments put the finishing touches on every room and kept us to a reasonable budget for a weekend retreat!

Sunroom 1

Sunroom 3







The end results are like night and day.  While there are a few more things on our to-do list, the new owners can settle in and enjoy what’s left of the weekends this first summer in the new space.



Next year, we’ll move on to remodeling the kitchen and refinishing the hardwood floors, everything in due time.

Guest Bedroom 4