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We’re dreaming of this peaceful lakeside family retreat in Tennessee

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Carlton Edwards has renovated this lakeside family retreat perched on a steep topography, maximizing views over a tranquil cove at Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee. Its timeless character takes cues from the architecture of grand summer lodge style homes of the 1930s — the same era the lake was developed.

The compound includes a main house and a boathouse each carefully sited to maximize views in all directions. The exterior is carefully crafted of cedar shingle siding and native stone. A color palette of grays and greens was derived from the water oaks, moss, and lichen found on the hillside.

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What We Love: This lakeside family retreat offers its inhabitants a wonderful getaway to relish in the tranquility of magnificent water views. Spaces throughout this home were designed to maximize these views, including the terraced outdoor living spaces and a newly developed boat house. Overall the project team did a fabulous job of renewing this home’s interiors to create a timeless aesthetic to be enjoyed by family and friends for years to come.

Tell Us: What do you think, would this lake house be your idea of the ultimate family getaway? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fantastic home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Carlton Edwards: North Carolina mountain home feels like living above the treetops and Modern lake house opens towards the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Above: This guest bedroom suite features board and batten wainscoting that is repeated in the adjoining bathroom.

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Above: The boy’s bunk room was designed to mimic an old sleeping porch. Selected for durability, wood plank tile flooring with a crackle glaze gives the feel on an old painted porch floor. Windows wrap the sides of this room, flooding the space with natural light while providing lake views. The interior wall is clad with cedar shingle siding from the exterior, lending an authentic feel of an enclosed sleeping porch. On the ceiling is a wall covering with stars, providing a magical nighttime sky ambiance.

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Above: The girl’s bunk room is located on the upper level, designed to feel like a vintage attic. A muted color palette of soft blue-green creates a historic look. This bedroom suite features a sleeping alcove, which includes four upholstered twin beds with concealed storage drawers. Walls and ceilings are clad with wood planks.

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Above: A whimsical and bright color scheme was selected in the girl’s bunk bathroom. A floating vanity features detailing on the drawers — random width and depth plank with an enlarged bead on the drawers. The countertop is honed white marble. Glass tile was selected for the shower to enhance the water and lake feel.

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Above: In lieu of a headboard, willow twig wall accents provides a rustic element to this serene guest bedroom. The shiplap walls are painted in a muted blue.

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Above: Board and batten wainscoting wraps this en-suite guest bathroom. An antique dresser was repurposed into a sink.

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Above: The master suite of this lakeside family retreat features a dark bronze palette. Walls and ceilings are wood planks. To create a calm and soothing effect, velvet window treatments in a dark bronze were added.

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Above: For the master bath, it was designed to feel like an enclosed sleeping porch. The vanity is placed in front of the windows, providing breathtaking lake views. Brass framed mirrors are custom. The vanity is designed with random width and depth planks and adorned with brass and bone hardware. Gracing the vanity is a lagos azul limestone countertop.

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Above: On the floor, copper penny tile is bordered with an espresso walnut plank. In a frame above the tub is a textured handmade paper, providing a delicate feel against the natural wood planking on the walls and ceiling. This space provides a beautiful balance of masculine and feminine, rustic and modern.

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Above: Water oaks found on the site was the inspiration for the material selection and color palette of the exterior facade. Paint colors for the trim, shutter and doors were derived from the palette, this includes the dark mossy bronze green.

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Above: The house is orientated on the site to maximize views of the lake. Sunset views can be enjoyed from the cooking porch and entertainment terraces, which are centered around an expansive swimming pool. Due to its vertical nature, retaining walls of Arkansas fieldstone were used in several of the outdoor spaces.

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Above: A floating boat house was added to take full advantage of the views of this tranquil lake.

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Photos: Sarah Rossi, Photographer

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