I don’t know about y’all, but there’s nothing that screams summer to me quite like a day spent at the lake. I love that feeling of familiarity when I dip my toes in the cold water, plants tickling my legs and waves made by boats rolling all around me. Even the murky dark waters of uncharted territory that I used to be so fearful of hold promise of adventure and discovery. I can’t wait to feast on barbeque all day and then watch the moonlight reflect in the waters. So when I dream of the perfect summer night it can only end one way: in a cozy lakeside abode, listening to the soft waves crash onto the shore and racing back to the waters in the morn. Keep reading to dream on with me….

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This lake house has a classic coastal vibe: simple and chic.

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A modern masterpiece nestled in Mother Nature.

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This dreamy spot on a Mediterranean inlet has me swooning.

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This lakeside residence has it all — lush green forestry and cool blue waters.

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I love this New Zealand lake house for it’s vintage-inspired décor and cozy atmosphere.

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Nothing chicer than a white-on-white theme, don’t you think? Reminds me of this Monochromatic Monday post!

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This uber-contemporary home overlooking Lake Zurich sets the standard for modern lakeside architecture.

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This “Floating Barn” designed by Latvian architects is actually a floating two-story home, functioning as both boat and lake house.

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Can you imagine having your own island in the middle of one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe?

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Peaceful waters and friendly neighbors might be the best lakeside combo.

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Comments (15)
  1. 1
    meganmarie013 July 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Wow! These are amazing! I love the Lake Zurich one. Beautiful!

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    diane smith July 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    These lake houses are amazing. I agree…Wow!

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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil July 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    All amazing options – it’s hard to pick a favorite. I think I would enjoy relaxing in any one of them!


  4. 4
    Lily July 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    These are just breathtaking! unreal!

    x Lily

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    Madeleine | The Daily Mark July 7, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Oh my gosh. I need a holiday, stat!
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

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    Nan July 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

    What a great collection of images, I would take any of those homes any day! But I think my favorites are the monochrome white interiors and the rustic lake house (#4). These homes are making me want to take a vacation to the lakeside!
    xo Nan ~ Simply Elegant Blog

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    Yolie Birds July 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    WOW !!!!!!!! love them all amazing <3

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    Priscilla Joy July 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Number 5 and 8 are divine.

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    Gina @ Oaxacaborn July 14, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    #3 is an old monastery called Blagaj Tekija in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Very cool.

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    Dena July 30, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    except that the ‘lake house’ is in fact a church….

    • Camille Styles July 31, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Hey Dena! Which slide are you referring to? Thanks!

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    heatherleehowe September 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    # 3 is a picture is of a Dervish religious house in Bosnia Herzegovina. Just so you know. Great pics!

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    Margy Lutz October 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Our home float on Powell Lake in Coastal BC. We’ve had it since 2001 and have lived there almost full time since 2008. Everything floats in our world, even our woodshed and garden. – Margy



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