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A colorful cottage on Lake Michigan embraces modern living without letting go of its beloved past.

Vibrant Family Room
Photo: Lisa Romerein

Vibrant Family Room

Inside, however, the cottage has been reimagined—some of the changes were necessitated by building regulations,  some were cosmetic, to appeal to the aesthetics of a style-savvy couple with two young daughters. The most noticeable difference is the introduction of bold color that defines each space in the home. "They wanted the house to be bright and cheerful all year long, and bringing in color was the best way to do that," says Small.

In no place is this more evident than in the family room, where almost every shade on the color spectrum is represented.  "With three females in the house, my brother-in-law definitely didn't win all of the arguments when it came to design," says Small with a laugh. She was careful, though, to weave in some more masculine elements to make him feel more at home. The ceiling beams work double duty: They add rugged, textural contrast the husband loves and, because they were designed replicas, they also speak to the history of the place.

The custom curtains and pillows are in Heritage Floral fabric by Lilly Pulitzer. The sofa is from Crate & Barrel; the custom coffee table is by Bruno Olechowicz. The floor cushions are from Pottery Barn. The shades are by Smith + Noble.

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