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.
Photographer Lisa Romerein, Stylist Elizabeth Beeler
When the Small's restored their cottage, tumbledown cabinetry, door frames, and window mullions were replaced with new versions crafted from hearty oak; walls were clad in classic beaded board; and floors were lined with mildew-resistant, sand-tolerant vinyl. Keeping things low-maintenance was a must, because the family returns to Florida for the winter. “You never know what you’re going to get when you let yourself back in for the first time each summer,” says Small. “So we tried to choose materials that would withstand the elements year-round.”