Home Design Ideas: Add a Modern Touch to a Nautical Lake House

Designer Vanessa Helmick updates the classic beach theme in the guest bedroom of this Maine lake house.Sean Litchfield

Vanessa Helmick’s clients weren’t kidding when they requested a strict blue and white palette in the Maine lake house which is a gathering place for their extended family. “I wanted to incorporate other colors, but they had always dreamed of blue and white,” explains the owner of Fiore Home. Thus, the interiors of the Sebago Lake house are strongly nautical. To keep the guest room from looking kitschy, Helmick chose a modern platform bed as the centerpiece and added a graphic-print pillow with a terracotta accent.

1 Helmick used Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace paint for the millwork and Oxford White for the walls. “Emphasizing architectural details helps a high-ceilinged space not feel cavernous,” she says.

2 Blackout roller shades in navy blue fabric with a crosshatch texture create a color block effect behind the bed. “These aren’t the vinyl roller shades of our childhood,” says the designer. However, they are still profitable.

3 Hand painted paddles are from New England Canoe Co., via Etsy. “It’s a lake house, so you have to have oars somewhere,” laughs Helmick. That said, she played with the arrangement, flipping the center one in the opposite direction.

4 The CB2 bed has a comfortable padded headboard that does not block the windows. The low deck style is also ideal. “It’s where couples with cubs sleep,” says Helmick. “It’s king-size and easy to assemble.”

5 The herringbone wool rug has the look of sea grass but is softer, more durable and easier to clean. Braided jute beanbags make great seats for toddlers and can be pulled up to the glider as a footstool.

6 Helmick chose two distinctly different bedside tables: a side table with rope accents and a steamer chest from Pottery Barn Teen that holds extra blankets. “I wanted the symmetry to anchor the piece but not match,” she says.


Marni Elyse Katz is editor-in-chief of Globe Magazine. Follow her on Instagram @StyleCarrot. Send your comments to [email protected]

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