The things we love now … Dreaming of a midsummers night

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Doing research for some posts I decided to see if it was possible to get everything a person needed for a vacation home on Ebay including the home itself.
Some people fall in love at first site, the same can sometimes be said about a house. Some houses call out to their future owners like beckoning lovers. Come here they whisper, love me.
I decided to choose from the homes available on Ebay with no concern for the location. Hey, we are dreaming here after all. In dreams location doesn’t matter only emotion.
I picked a house because of a feeling. Because I liked what I saw.
The house I selected for this experiment looks like the perfect place to hide away and spend a summer entertaining friends and family. With the unlimited budget of pure imagination I set to work trying to assemble the perfect getaway.

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Here is where we found our cottage by the lake.
The first thing I see missing from the picture is a boat, summers by the lake mean canoe races or having someone paddle you around while you sip lemonade and read poetry under a parasol. What ever your into, we won’t judge.

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Get your fix for vintage boats here

We love the look of these vintage metal motel chairs and picture a line of them along the lake. You can relax with a tall glass of iced tea and make absolutely no plans at all.

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You must have a fire pit handy when the nights get chilly or you can’t live another minute without a s’more.

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We liked the simple clean lines of this fire pit.

For the porch, cozy furniture is the best choice to encourage long conversations over a bottle or two of wine. We love a modern take on traditional wicker, and this set comes in a bright teal that will make snuggling up and listening to the frogs memorable even on the dreariest of days.

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This porch swing will be a family favorite for sure. We love the idea of hanging two of them on the side porch that faces the water. This is the sort of swing that forces you to take a nap every afternoon.

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Scatter a few of these rugs to keep things from becoming to ordinary. The pattern hints at the traditional Native American textiles that are associated with summer camps with a fresh twist.
The living room fireplace can be a place to gather for a mug of hot cocoa before heading off to bed. We found this antique mantel that would look perfect.

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For a new take on the classic duck decoy we found several of these aluminum decoy molds, displaying a few of them in the living room nods to the lakes resident ducks without being predictable.

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We fell in love with these

Never under estimate the potential for an endless parade of overnight guests. Adding a few daybeds into the plan will make quick work of accommodating last minute tag alongs. They are comforting, cozy and easy.

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For a coffee table we consider this one to be a great choice

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A few easy to move side chairs will make adapting the living room to last minute arrivals a breeze. We liked these for the bold colors and the woven texture.

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To anchor the room we wanted to stay away from traditional so we found this rug and thought it would do the trick.

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A lakeside retreat wouldn’t be complete without a furniturepiece or two made from branches

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We are smitten with these simple light fixtures and think scattering them across the living room ceiling and hooking them to a dimmer would bring the night sky inside.

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For the dining room we want these.

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We are picturing them hanging over this salvaged wood table

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We see it surrounded by company sitting pretty in these.

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We want to honor the mantel we picked for the living room and echo it’s lines but step it up several notches in the dining room with this buffet

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The master bedroom will be a welcome retreat from the rigorous activities associated with vacationing. We want to pick pieces that make us feel like we are in the country but not be cute or precious. We love the look of this quilt
We see it folded across the end of this four poster bed.

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We want this pair of table lampsto give us plenty of light to read by.

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The lamps would look lovely on these trunks turned side tables.

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Stocking the bath with plenty of towels is a must do. We like the look and feel of traditional turkish towels. They look great and dry quickly which comes in handy if you are boycotting laundry duty.

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Roll them up and stash them in plain site where guests can grab them on the way to the pool under this vanity.
Speaking of the pool… This house comes with an above ground pool that would be replaced with something more like this.

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The shape will look fresh surrounded with simple unassuming decking. We would skip the slide and add a few of these.

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With a couple of these.

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When we aren’t feeding the ducks or swimming in the pool an occasional trip to town for supplies in this would make fetching groceries or hauling firewood a pleasure.

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We even like the name painted on the door.

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