Home is where the style is

. July 1, 2015.
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Welcome to MLiving Home! The home is where the heart is and homeowners strive to lovingly beautify their surroundings with distinctive architecture, bold ideas, fine furnishings and lush landscaping. Our new column, MLiving Home introduces you to area houses that are unique, contemporary or simply a beautiful place to live. You can gather ideas, learn decorator and builder’s tips or just dream about all of the possibilities.

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Life on the Lake

Where can you live on a lake in the middle of Northwest Ohio but your house looks like it belongs on Nantucket Island?  Dave and Sandy Roberts set out to build a scenic lakeside retreat that is used twelve months out of the year, only it is located in Holland, Ohio.

The home reflects a charming Northeast Coast flavor that allows the family to enjoy water sports as well as extensive entertaining.  The stone and shingle ranch, built by Jim Howald, is painted a bold, indigo that gives the home its personality.

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The Roberts’ used shades of taupe and gray to enhance the interior and add to the feeling of being both old and new. The large living area allows guests to move comfortably from the dining area through the kitchen and great room while enjoying the lake view from all angles.

The furniture, and the vintage feeling, is accented with unique furnishings and patterns that coexist harmoniously. Sandy loves exploring estate sales to add eclectic collectibles and has painted and refinished pieces  to add to the collection. 

This lakeside home features summer and fall seasonal outdoor dining, which  plays significantly in the family’s love of outdoor living. We may not live in the Northeast but we can sure bring the Northeast here and this house reflects those charming scenic retreats.

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