Lake Cottage Living Room

LAST UPDATED: Feb 08, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Oct 24, 2018 | By:

Find living room interior ideas from our lake cottage living room designed to feel light and airy, modern yet traditional and most importantly, a gathering place.

living room interior ideas

We’ve been so lucky to enjoy this little home away from home at Table Rock Lake, Missouri. In fact, I’ve written about all the things to do at Table Rock Lake, enjoying Branson with kids, as well as the best parts of Christmas at Silver Dollar City.

You’ve seen bits and pieces of our living room at the lake cottage over the past few years, but it really started coming together over the summer. Below is the realtor photo for reference. You can learn more about how we transformed this space in the video in this post.

cream living room

I’ve received a lot of questions about sources – especially those not available in my shop. These living room interior ideas are a blend of high and low and as always, blend function and design.

living room layout

Since the lake cottage is a gathering place we share with family and friends, I wanted to incorporate plenty of seating.

ikea couch

A standard size slipcovered sofa and 4* slipcovered chairs (both from IKEA) offer comfortable seating for up to 8 with the ability to easily clean when needed. I accessorized them with pillow covers available in the shop.

ikea chair

Two folding stools offer flexible seating when needed and can easily be folded and stowed away. I’m considering having them recovered in leather to add another layer.

living room seating

An oversized square raffia coffee table offers plenty of space for guests to kick up their feet or set a drink, storage for magazines and more, without the need of consuming additional space for side tables in walkways. The combination creates an intimate seating area. It also adds a layer of texture.

square coffee table

I also added a chandelier overhead to create more ambience and add much needed light at night.

brass chandelier

While we love the lake and wanted to incorporate some lake elements, we didn’t want it to feel too kitschy either. We also didn’t want it to feel like a dark, musty home often synonymous with the words “lake house”. I incorporated 3 things to combat this – a light paint color with reflective quality, fresh, light patterned carpet and rock (yes, rock!).

living room seating and coffee table

A painting from Martha’s vineyard and photographs of a bridge buried beneath the water nearby grace the walls. Framing your photographs is one of the most inexpensive ways to add art to your home. The true art in this living room is the view that will be enhanced with a new deck in the spring.

living room nook

The living room had two previously awkward nooks – one with a cabinet we store games in. To define it and add a little height, I incorporated a lamp. To hide our speaker I added a framed etsy print. In the other nook, a bar cart adds function. We frequently mix cocktails here for guests.

living room decor ideas

Early this fall removed the tile from our entryway in favor of an indoor outdoor rug to make it feel up to date, allow the eye to continue and protect the carpet.

neutral patterned carpet

We’ve since added a dutch door – more on that to come! I hope you enjoyed these living room interior ideas and found some to incorporate into your home!

entryway in living room

*we purchased the last 3 Jennylund chairs at our IKEA this spring. After several phone calls assuring they would return and 6 months, they have discontinued the chairs.

I’m desperately hoping to find another (I have the slipcover already). I set up a Craigslist alert and wanted ad and continue to scour ebay regularly.

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