Now that fall has begun I have had my thoughts on home ideas for my renovation and finding inspiration. I was lucky to catch up with my cool friend Bonnie over lunch who spent the summer at her lake house she renovated in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Since 1929, five generations of her family have owned homes on this lake and they all love spending time there together. I loved hearing all the relaxing days spent on the lake and things like paddle boarding, sunset cruises, family cribbage competitions and Friday night fish fries that are unique to Wisconsin lake living. Bonnie is a artist and a local mom who has a great eye for design and I flipped when I saw how pretty her lake home is!
Bonnie’s art in her kitchen. I love her light palette with blues in this waterside home.
‘Last summer I found this Venus (Goddess of Love) statue at a local thrift store and fell in love with her. I sent this pic to my sister from the store. My sister also loved her and wanted her. I said, “Too bad because I had to have her for my kitchen windowsill.” Funny thing, this summer I found a larger version at another shop so we bought it and now we both have one!’
‘I bought this 1940s wooden frame for 65 cents, spray painted it gray and had ACE hardware cut the new glass. The print is from the National Gallery in Washington DC (went for spring break). Just love it in my kitchen above Starbucks mug collection! In almost all other cases, I love to paint things white. My whole family laughs about it. They say that if I’m not in the lake swimming or paddle boarding, I am painting something white.’