Get the Look of an Easy, Breezy Home for an Active Family

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Okay, we don’t really get lake homes or farmhouses here, but this Lake Michigan retreat—a “farmhouse style, lakeside location” home—can be perfectly replicated in our sunny shores. It’s simple, laid-back and looks easy to maintain—perfect for a busy, active brood.

Check out the pics below to get some ideas for your home.

Open-layout rooms are so inviting

1) Open-layout rooms are very inviting. We love how you can go from one room to another seamlessly—and how kids can just easily horse around. If you love having guests over, a dining room right beside the living room is a certified entertaining hit.

To keep the open layout looking seamless though, it’s best to maintain a consistent color theme. This home is all about whites, soft grays, and all shades of blue.

2) We love the casual vibe of the dining area. They did away with heavy, upholstered dining chairs. This looks like a dining room where a bunch of kids can eat spaghetti and not worry about staining surfaces with the meatball sauce.


3) Kitchen features a straightforward design with easy access to everything. And again, no fancy design details—from the stools to the kitchen pendant lights, kids can navigate without fear of breaking anything too precious.

4) The home designer says that this kitchen is designed for real life. “In the kitchen, the countertop is made of soapstone, a staple surface in confectionaries that can be sealed with mineral oil and won’t stain. The floors throughout are whitewashed so they won’t easily show wear and tear,” he says.



5) The master bathroom uses reclaimed wood and slate flooring, imparting a “subtle nautical note.” Kids, again, have easy access to all bath essentials.



6) The color theme extends all the way to the bedrooms, and we love the idea of a barn door for the kids’ room. This is a great space-saving trick too.


7) The kids’ bedroom is probably our favorite in the house. This is essentially a vacation home (hence the idea of co-sharing), but bunk beds are always a great idea for a big family with lots of kids and not enough space in their home.

See the full tour (and score more tips from the interior designer) here.

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