Summertime And The Livin Is Easy!

I had a visit with Diane Carroll, Editor In Chief of

At Home In Arkansas

yesterday.  She was gracious enough to give me a copy of the June issue of the magazine hot off the press.  Wow!   Are you in for a treat!

I don't know about you, but as the weather heats up all I want to do is be near the water.  As I shared earlier, here in Arkansas

Life is So Good At The Lake


Yes, Summer sends all kinds of Arkansans in search of the the lake or river for cool breezes and tranquil views.  While easy summer living may be the goal, owners of waterfront homes show their style in a myriad of ways.  At Home rounded up two top examples of how varied lakeside living can be,from a luxe, antique-filled villa in Hot Springs to a casually chic abode in Heber Springs.  Despite the different decor, according to these homeowners the focus is the same:  It's all about the views.

The first home is a Villa with a View on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs.  Scott Paterek of Massimo followed the homeowners lead and designed the Mediterranean Italian palazzo style lake house.  Lots of expansive windows,  clean - lined upholstery, French Antiques, a varied art collection and a warm color palette.  These are the elements that were used to create this amazing lake retreat.

I am crazy about this dining room. This is not the way we live at the lake , so it would never work for us on Greers Ferry, but I could move every single piece into my dining room at home. Just study this image for a while. The table with the marble top is off the charts. Paterek created the coral centerpiece on the table as an organic contrast to the more formal elements. Look at those chairs. Are the seats lavender velvet? The chandelier, the mirror, the iron sideboard, oh my! And I love the lamps. Gilded antique candelabras with custom smocked shades and trim. It just doesn't get any better than that. Is that a bird handle on the pitcher? The fabulous terra cotta bust, the beautiful urns with the cypress trees. As if this is not enough, try to take in the back drop. The floors are reclaimed barn wood and the wallpaper is a David Goldberg Design. I feel faint!

An incredible antique architectural element from Marshall Clements hangs over the bed.

I love the mirror. The other images in this collage are a little hard to see here. You will have to pick up a copy of the magazine so you won't miss a single detail.

Diane Carroll describes this next home as Beach-style Chic.

Kevin Walsh of Bear-Hill Interiors worked with the homeowners to design a home that feels very different from their primary residence in Little Rock. They chose a cool color palette of blues, creams and khakis. They used commercial grade fabrics that are durable and stain resistant and in some cases such as the dining room chairs, sunbrella outdoor fabric. They can literally wipe them clean with a damp sponge.

Love the brickmakers coffee table and those ottomans are great.

The blue glass and iron chandelier is fabulous! So is the large piece of contemporary art.

Very pretty, yet very functional.

This is all just wonderful. The bookshelves with the sailboats appear to be in a back hallway. Both bedrooms are very clever. Look at the floor in the bathroom. I love all the attention to details in these spaces.

The Master bedroom is so beautiful and has an incredible view of the lake. I love the lamp and the wonderful pillow. It is all so inviting.

I would certainly say that the living is easy in these two lake homes. What do you think? Do you have a favorite? Where do you plan to spend time cooling off this summer?