Lucky Happenstance Led This Couple to Their Charming Lake-Front Home

When Amy and David Wilson were looking for a new home, they happened upon one they never dreamed could be theirs. They admired the work of local architects but knew that having a home built wasn’t feasible as a young couple. As luck would have it,  though, they stumbled upon a home built by Shepard & Davis, whose style they loved. “It was just everything that we were looking for,” Amy says. “It was everything we were hoping to build, but already built.”

Amy describes her four-bedroom, four-bathroom home as a modern craftsman. With the deep, rich brown of the bark-colored exterior, the home nestles into its surroundings, and nature’s inspiration carries through to the interiors. “We’ve made the outside be our art because we have so many windows and a lot of natural light, and we love that,” Amy explains. “The doors are a dark charcoal green color that frames the exterior [view], the beautiful trees, and everything in nature.”

Amy says the color palette is made up of three main colors: a charcoal green, a gray green, and a calming white called “Lamb’s Wool” by Pratt and Lambert, which coats the trim, ceilings, and walls for a cohesive look that is striking against the flooring. “It has made such a peaceful impact,” Amy shares. “It’s clean, and it flows. It’s just simple.”

The Wilson family—including a young daughter and son as well as two Labradors—loves their home’s character and quirks, made evident through its hidden doors, secret rooms, sturdy craftsmanship, and interesting design choices. Amy has been thrilled with the durable and family-friendly flooring that was already in the house, such as the antique heart pine, the kitchen’s stained concrete flooring, and the stained plywood on the second floor.

The only challenge the Wilsons faced when purchasing their cottage was a long commute to work for David. But the couple loved the home so much that they knew it would be worth it; after a long day and a long drive, the home is an escape—a safe haven for a very happy family.

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