Star-Spangled Summer Cottage

An updated cottage on Lake Michigan celebrates the Fourth in style, with a cheerful palette of red, white, and blue, and lots of nautical charm.

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Kids on the Beach
Photographer Lisa Romerein, Stylist Elizabeth Beeler

Party-Friendly Paradise

The family’s favorite traditions, however, only truly begin after Small has decked out the home’s exterior in patriotic red, white, and blue bunting, stocked the portable bar cart with pitchers full of sweet tea and lemonade, and fired up the grill. Then the guests begin to arrive: Grown-ups roost on the sun-soaked deck for checkers and conversation, white Tate, Matilda, and a crew of beachcombing friends scramble to cheer on the local star-spangled parade, build sand castles, and refuel on hot dogs and popcorn.

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