Luxury Lake Living

As the spring and summer seasons draw near, we’re giving more thought to being outdoors!  Recently, Home Adore Magazine shared images of a lakeside residence in NewCindy-Portrait York, designed by Crisp Architects, that we just had to share!

In addition to these gorgeous images, Braden’s designer, Cindy Hamby, shares a few of her favorite design tips to consider when styling a lake home.  (Learn more about Cindy and our other staff interior designers here.)

Cindy says, “Since you’re creating a living space in this particular location, due to the water views, be sure to make the most of the views my minimizing window treatments!  If you have to have window treatments, make sure they can easily be tucked away and are complimentary in color so as not to make themselves overly present.  The view itself is priority and shouldn’t have to compete for anyone’s attention!”

“Make these living spaces comfortable!  Generally speaking, we go to a lake home to relax and get away, right?!  If this is the case, we don’t want to get there only to be stuck with overly formal, uninviting or uncomfortable furniture and décor.  We want to relax, unwind and decompress.  There are plenty of fine furniture lines out there who create more comfortable, more relaxed styles and designs.  You don’t have to scrimp on quality in order to have less formal décor.”

“Think neutrals.  Again, we go to a lake home in order to get away and enjoy the serenity and scenery.  To fully take advantage of the views, it’s best to keep indoor color palettes more neutral and less bold.  Hues of greens, browns, beiges and creams will work to best compliment the natural scenery surrounding your home.  When indoors, the colors that surround you won’t vie for your attention over those gorgeous views.”

“Use more glass!  It’s all about the scenery when building a lake home.  If your lot is private, take advantage of it and go with more glass in order to maximize your views.  Don’t be afraid of more window action in normally private places, such as a bathroom!  Think how lovely that bubble bath will be when staring out over that lake!”

Images Shared by Home Adore






















Carriage-House-buffetIf you are in the process of building and or buying a new lake property, we would love the opportunity to help you create the perfect feeling and décor scheme inside the home.  Not sure where to start, when it comes to furnishing your waterfront property?  May we suggest a few furniture collections for your consideration!?

Another World By Bob Timberlake for Century Furniture:  “For over forty years Bob Timberlake has captivated people around the world with his art, his furniture, and his life. A renowned American realist painter, Bob Timberlake has taken the details and textures of rural North Carolina and translated them into a lifestyle that reflects the beauty and honesty of simple living.” ~Century Furniture


The River House Collection by Universal Furniture:  “Paula Deen Home’s newest Low-country-day-bedcollection, River House, captures the beauty, history and hospitality of gracious life on the Savannah River. Designed to be loved and enjoyed, the timeless quality of River House welcomes the bustling activities of real family life.” ~Universal Furniture


Spindel-LoveseatThe Mission Collection by Stickley Furniture:  “Clean lines and pureness of function make the Stickley Mission Collection truly timeless, and the look is as appropriate in today’s homes as it was over a century ago.  Possessing a distinguished pedigree yet uniquely modern, Mission furniture makes itself at home in every room of the house, telling the world that you appreciate sophisticated comfort and solid craftsmanship.” ~Stickley Furniture

All of Braden’s designers can assist you on a home-wide design project and or with a smaller-scale project in just a room!  No project is too big or too small!

We’ve been making Knoxville houses home, since 1956!

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