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Last weekend my family was invited to a friend’s Putnam Valley lake house for a day of row boating, paddle boarding and general good times. I’ve never really enjoyed lake swimming that much in the past (see: my aversion to bugs), but my point of view changed radically after just one lovely day. Now I’m lake-house-obsessed.

This absolutely perfect one bedroom cabin on Lake Michigan is being completely renovated by Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio. She’s sharing her progress as she transforms this formerly unappealing, plywood-paneled home — check out the before pictures! — into a truly gorgeous retreat. I really adore the charcoal exterior paint and how it makes the greenery surrounding it seem even greener.


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2 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Nice cabin.

  2. Charles says:

    What junk!, I hope this is know the best you can do. It would make a great camp fire.

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