10 Lake House Designs That Are Full of Charm

Proof that a rustic aesthetic can be sophisticated.

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Björn Wallander

Designing a thoughtful lake house is all about charm. Rustic furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, and natural materials are just a few key elements design professionals typically rely on to craft an inviting lake house. If a lake house vacation isn't on your calendar in the near future, find inspiration in these 10 stunning design schemes across the globe.

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1 Canadian Lake House
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Alex Lukey

Creativity is evident in every aspect of this Canadian lake house designed by Sabrina Albanese. Located on the idyllic shore of Lake Simcoe, the property's sitting room is outfitted with zigzag cushions by Missoni and cushions in an animal print corduroy fabric from Schumacher. A custom sectional in Mohair and Chenille by Sabrina Albanese Interiors, a marble patterned Anthropologie rug, rope side tables by Palacek, and a CB2 media cabinet inform the home's playful vibe.

2 Sonoma Valley Lake House
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Douglas Friedman

Pattern and vibrant hues fill a Sonoma Valley lake house designed by Ken Fulk and architect Ken Linsteadt. Owned by a pair of tech entrepreneurs, the home's grand salon features a vintage Edward Wormley sofa for Dunbar that is upholstered in a fabric by fabric. The barstools have seats in a weave, and the dining table is a find. Custom chandeliers by and a bold green floral wallcovering by finish the look.

3 Lake Michigan Views
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Mike Schwartz

A Studio Gild-designed Chicago home, offering views of Lake Michigan, is the perfect retreat for a world-traveling couple. The minimalist lakeview home has an open floor plan that's beyond welcoming, thanks to comfortable seating, an understated palette, and rich textures like wool, leather, and velvet.

4 Long Island Beauty
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Thomas Loof

Orange curtains bring drama to a neutral living room in a Long Island home overlooking Agawam Lake. Designed by Brian McCarthy, the sofa is covered in a Savel fabric. The armchairs, in an elegant Pollack jacquard, and cocktail table (background) by Vosges are both custom. The acrylic Fredrikson Stallard cocktail table (foreground) is from David Gill Gallery, and the lantern-style pendant is by Charles Edwards.

5 Lake Tahoe Retreat
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William Waldron

Designer Palmer Weiss opted for floor-to-ceiling windows for a covered outdoor dining room in a Lake Tahoe retreat, featuring a ceiling sheathed in clear cedar and columns wrapped in stained Douglas fir. Weiss enhanced the room's old-world aesthetic by furnishing the space with a dining table and chairs by Country Casual Teak. The chair cushions are in a Perennials fabric and the pillows in a Jasper stripe. A black pendant from Urban Electric Co. serves as the finishing touch.

6 Bold Chicago Design
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Mike Schwartz

For a client who loves fashion, designer Elizabeth Krueger designed a Chicago home with a mix of antiques and local art. To add a touch of glam to the living and dining areas, an oversized gilt mirror was placed between the large windows, overlooking Lake Michigan.

7 Michigan Escape
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Michael Robinson

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views in the sitting area of a lake house in Michigan designed by . A combination of colorful seating options inject an additional dose of personality.

8 Urban Cool
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Björn Wallander

Designer Jamie Bush and architect Cynthia Wang designed a vacation home in the woods for a Silicon Valley family. The urban cool Tahoe home features a master bedroom with an armchair and stool by Minotti, upholstered in a Holly Hunt leather, paired with a gold Jonathan Adler side table. The bench and dresser are by Lawson-Fenning, and the drawing is by Ching Ho Cheng. The wall is painted in Bank Vault, a striking blue hue by Dunn-Edwards, and the carpet is by Decorative Carpets.

9 Lakeside Villa
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Simon Upton

From walls adorned in dried flowers to 19th-century birdcages hanging from the ceiling, this lakeside villa in Switzerland is full of character. A wrought iron stool and a cocktail table crafted in Florence enhance the design scheme.

10 Lake Geneva Castle
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A modern castle on Lake Geneva is home for Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia and his wife, French actress Clotilde Courau. Eye-catching stone details and wood furniture enhance the property's earthy vibe.

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