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Lakeside Home in Quiet Colors

Golf and fishing during the day, barbecues and bonfires at night—life on Michigan’s Walloon Lake is pretty much perfect

Written by Amy Elbert
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    Walloon Lake in northern Michigan is such an ideal slice of Americana that “it’s like Norman Rockwell on steroids,” jokes interior designer Beth Webb. The Atlanta-based designer teamed up with a builder and two architects to create an American Arts and Crafts-inspired vacation home on the postcard-perfect lake for Michigan natives Andy and Alicia Hopping. 

    The Hoppings were living in Lansing, Michigan (they’ve since retired to Naples, Florida), and already owned a second home on Walloon Lake when a choice site with 180-degree-plus views of the lake came on the market. “We’d admired this lot for a long time; we loved the topography and size,” recalls Alicia.

    After buying the property, the Hoppings engaged custom-home builder Jim Meathe, who has residences in Walloon Lake and Atlanta. Meathe helped the Hoppings put together a team, including designer Webb; Michigan architect Greg Presley, who designed the exteriors and structure; and Atlanta architect Peter Block, who focused on interior architecture and finishes.

    A copper shed roof shields the front porch of the stone-and-timber house.

    Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill
    Produced by Eleanor Roper

    Exterior architect: Greg Presley, Presley Architecture, 108 N. Center St., Northville, MI 48167; 248/348-1124.
    Interior architect: Peter Block, Peter Block Architects, 2300 Peachtree Rd. N.W., Suite C-201, Atlanta, GA 30309; 404/352-2422,
    Interior designer: Beth Webb, Beth Webb Interiors, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 11B-4, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/869-6367,
    Builder: Jim Meathe, Young & Meathe Custom Homes, LLC, 416 E. Paces Ferry Rd., 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30305; 888/812-0074 and 404/812-0057,
    Landscape architect: Maureen Parker, Common Ground Landscapes, Boyne City, MI 49712; 231/313-2642,

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    Great Room

    From the start, the Hoppings envisioned a Western-style mountain house built with stone and timber, plus a copper roof. “We didn’t want a typical lake cottage,” Alicia says. “We wanted to use stone and other natural materials so the house would blend into the landscape.” And although the house would be large, the Hoppings had an unobtrusive structure in mind. “We didn’t want it to look like a hotel sticking up on the hill,” Andy adds. “There was a lot of discussion about how to bring it down in the hillside.”

    Presley designed a three-level house that snuggles into the elevated wooded lot. He clad exteriors in rugged, blocky stone trucked from Colorado and cedar board-and-batten and shingle siding. Projecting eaves with exposed rafters, deep overhangs supported by hefty timbers, and muntin bars on many of the windows nod to Arts and Crafts styling and are in harmony with the rugged, natural setting. Large—and plentiful—windows offer lake views from every room of the house save one guest bedroom.

    While the exteriors speak to a mountain vibe, Webb kept the interiors light. “I wanted the whole house to feel soft and quite ethereal,” the designer says. “For me, it all starts with the finishes.” Webb collaborated with interior architect Block to detail rooms with wood wall paneling, planked and beamed ceilings, dramatic arched trusses, and what Block calls a “butterfly” staircase—all lightened and warmed with a lime-wash treatment.

    Webb and Alicia chose fabrics in neutral ivory and warm gray tones with little pattern to keep the mood calm. “The more monochromatic a room is, the more textural I become,” the designer says. “There is a lot of linen for texture, and I chose very textural area rugs to play off the neutrality of the space.”

    The two sides of a butterfly staircase meet on an upstairs mezzanine that offers views into the great room. Turned hickory balusters are alternated with metal posts for transparency.

    Windows: Kolbe Windows & Doors,
    Built-ins: by Wolverine Cabinet Co.,
    Cedar paneling (limewash): Romabio,

    Great room—
    Cedar paneling (limewash): Romabio,
    Pair of sofas (“Boris”); sofa fabric (“Como Velvet” #36, discontinued); ottoman (“Parker”); ottoman fabric (“Meridian Linen”); lounge chairs (“Burton Swivel Chair”); throw on chair; area rug (“Valencia”): Bungalow Classic,
    Jute rope table lamp (“Vern Lamp”#49676-705): Arteriors,
    Table between chairs (“Aaron Side Table” #GTAB351MT): Noir,
    Fire screen: custom.
    Fireplace stone: “Wild Horse” stone from Colorado.
    Built-in bar: Wolverine Cabinet Co.,
    Wall lanterns in entry: A. Tyner Antiques,

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    Great Room

    Each of the wood species, including Douglas fir, cedar, and hickory, was lime-washed. The various species of wood all react somewhat differently to the process, giving textural variety to the surfaces, the designers say. “The lime wash gives a richness and patina to the entire house,” Webb says. “In the summer it feels very light and airy, and in the winter the house feels really warm and cozy. I love how it feels fresh and warm at the same time.”

    Arched cedar trusses span the vaulted ceiling in the great room and screen porch. The arch construction, which required heavy-duty joinery and employs a metal tie rod rather than a heavy horizontal cross beam, creates a more open, transparent feeling, Block explains. The seven cedar trusses were constructed off-site and lowered into place via crane. 

    Custom windows fit the truss between the two rooms, allowing light to flood the space. The great room flows into the dining room and kitchen. A bar opposite the fireplace creates a semblance of separation between the great room and dining room without blocking traffic and light. 

    Rooms are furnished for active vacation life too, with plenty of seating for crowds, swivel chairs that allow people to engage in different conversations, and accommodations made for TV watching. “I like every room to be used, and I’ve found if you don’t have a TV in a room, people won’t use it,” Webb says. “You have to be able to watch the Michigan game!”

    A built-in bar with upper glass-front cabinets visually separates the great room and dining room while still allowing easy movement and a sense of transparency.

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    Screened Porch

    An open floor plan with the great room, dining room, and kitchen exposed to one another allows light to flow through the house. A wall of sliding glass doors opens the great room to the screen porch. “They can open up those sliders, and that room becomes one big space,” Webb says.

    Seating in the great room and on the porch faces the stone wood-burning fireplaces, and most nights—even in the summer—the Hoppings light a fire. “We stretch out our days—eat late and watch sunsets from the lake porch,” says Andy. “It’s spectacular.”

    “Wild Horse” stone from Colorado was used for the exteriors and the fireplace on the lakeside  porch. Provence Luxe collection furniture is from RH.

    Fireplace stone and flooring: “Wild Horse” from Colorado.
    Rattan furniture (Provence Luxe Collection); beige cushions (“Canvas”/Linen, by Sunbrella); coffee table “French Beam Teak Coffee Table”): Restoration Hardware,
    Blue pillows; throw: Bungalow Classic,
    Blue striped pillows  (custom, with Arabel Fabric): Beth Webb Interiors,
    Round trays on mantel (found pizza pans): A. Tyner Antiques,

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    Side Hall

    The family’s primary entrance links the garage to the mudroom and into the kitchen. Stairs off the hall lead to a guest apartment above the garage. 

    Wall paint (“Tapestry Beige” #975): Benjamin Moore,
    Cedar trim (limewash): Romabio,
    Ceiling light (“Siena Large Flush Mount with Flat Panel Glass”/Bronze #SS4016): Circa Lighting,
    Wicker trunk by door: A. Tyner Antiques,
    Area rugs (“Bold Stripe”/Espresso, Beige); table (“Turned Leg Sideboard,” custom); table lamp: Bungalow Classic,
    Baskets on table: A. Tyner Antiques,

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    Architect Peter Block designed the kitchen with few upper cabinets to maximize windows. “It’s all about lake breezes and views,” he says. A corner cabinet and built-in refrigerator are topped with angled soffits.  

    Wall paint (“Tapestry Beige” #975): Benjamin Moore,
    Cedar trim (limewash): Romabio,
    Cabinetry: Stillwater Custom Cabinetry, 231/439-9535.
    Cabinetry finish (rift cut white oak): custom.
    Cabinetry hardware: Matthew Quinn Collection,
    Flooring: white oak, custom finish.
    Countertop (Dolce Vita Quartzite): Marmi Natural Stone,
    Sink at left (“Shaws Original Lancaster Single Bowl Fireclay Apron Front Kitchen Sink,” 30x18 inches, #RC3018); sink at large window (“Shaws Original Farnworth Two Bowl Apron Front Fireclay Kitchen Sink,” 365/8x181/2 inches, #RC3719); faucets (by Perrin & Rowe): Rohl,
    Counter stools (“Slipcovered Campaign Counter Stool” #C5203-51); fabric (“Stonewash Belize”): Lee Industries,
    Hanging lanterns (“Brantley Lantern” #SK5007, by Suzanne Kasler for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Range: Wolf,
    Range backsplash (Dolce Vita Quartzite): Marmi Natural Stone,
    Range hood: custom. 
    Bowl holding cherries: Foxglove Antiques & Galleries,  

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    Lovely Dining Room

    Many seating pieces are upholstered in indoor-outdoor, solution-dyed acrylics, which are stain-resistant and easy care, Webb adds. “Everything needs to be bombproof. No one wants to go to a second home and worry about red wine spills, kids, dirt, and pets.” The Hoppings made several trips to Atlanta design centers to choose building materials and furnishings, testing every chair and sofa before buying. “Comfort is key,” Webb insists.

    A “Lola” chandelier from Bungalow Classic hangs above the round elm dining table. Floors throughout the first level are wide-plank oak.

    Cedar walls (limewash): Romabio,
    Ceiling paint (white cut with 25 per cent of “Tapestry Beige” #975): Benjamin Moore,
    Dining table (Round Elm Dining Table with Geometric Base”/Light Elm finish); side chairs (“Middleton”); chair fabric (#3118-32); chandelier (“Lola”); chest by window (“Shanxi 77-inch Buffet”); lamps on chest: Bungalow Classic,
    Vases on table: Max and Co.,

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    Quiet Office

    Alicia's home office is a cozy paneled space near the kitchen. Built-in paneled cabinets provide ample floor-to-ceiling storage.

    Built-in cabinetry: Wolverine Cabinet Co.,
    Cabinetry paint (“Stampede” #979): Benjamin Moore,
    Cabinet hardware (bronze cabinet pull and knob): Matthew Quinn Collection,
    Area rug (“Running Bond”/Espresso and Beige); chair (“Matson Side Chair” with Inside Out stitch); chair fabric (“Mogani” #11503A): Bungalow Classic,
    Canister lamp on desk: A. Tyner Antiques,

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    Twin desks set into a wall of shelves allow Alica and Andy to read and do paperwork while enjoying views of the lake. The library is paneled with a lime-washed hickory. "Part of the beauty of lime wash is you can see the grain and character of the wood," says architect Peter Block. "It enhances but doesn't overpower the wood." 


    Cedar paneling (limewash): Romabio,
    Area rug (“Lien rug”); desks (“Otto Custom Desk”); desk chair (“Baptiste Side Chair”); desk-chair fabric (“Graphite Stripe”); chairs and ottoman by fireplace (“Terence” #507046); chair-and-ottoman fabric (“Bellagio”/Stone); striped throw; small table beside chair (“Cosmo Drink  Table”): Bungalow Classic,
    Desk lamp (“Watson Desk Lamp”): Arteriors,
    Pillow on built-in bench (“Wool Diamonds”/Latte #7205-201): Twill Textiles,
    Fireplace surround: grey soapstone.
    Mirror above fireplace (“Metal Bullseye Surround Mirror”): A. Tyner Antiques,

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    Powder Room

    A white-washed finish on a custom vanity showcases the grain of the wood. Wainscoting is lime-washed cedar paneling.  

    Wall paint (“Tapestry Beige” #975): Benjamin Moore,
    Finish on cedar paneling below stair rail (limewash): Romabio,
    Vanity (custom, “Bjorn Cabinet”): Bungalow Classic,
    Sink (“Verticyl Rectangular Undermount Bathrom Sink”): Kohler,
    Mirror above vanity (“Aboze Mirror): Bungalow Classic,
    Sconces (“Chelsea Medium Reflection Sconce” #CHD1186): Circa Lighting,
    Mirror seen in mirror: Foxglove Antiques & Galleries,
    Door: custom.

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    Graceful Stairs

    Turned hickory balusters are interspersed with hammered steel posts. Mingling the two baluster styles "really allows the beauty of the turned shape to stand out," says architect Peter Block. 

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    The double stairs meet on an upstairs catwalk-like hall that overlooks the great room, leads to three bedrooms, and offers up-close views of the trusses. 

    Cedar paneling (limewash): Romabio,
    Area rug “Bold Stripe”): Bungalow Classic,

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    Master Bedroom

    In the serene master bedroom, an armoire made from salvaged wood houses the television. 

    Wall paint (“Tapestry Beige” #975): Benjamin Moore,
    Cedar trim (limewash): Romabio,
    Area rug (“Valencia”/Chestnut, 11x14 inches): Bungalow Classic,
    Drapery (“Bastogen”/Oyster #7726): Pindler & Pindler,
    Drapery trim (“1.75 Gresham Tweeded Border”/Gravel #977-42420-09): Samuel & Sons,
    Lounge chairs (“Oxford Swivel Chair”); ottoman (“Oxford Ottoman, Skirted”); chair-and-ottoman fabric (“Miller”/Ironside): Bungalow Classic,
    Pillows on chairs (custom, in cream and gray stripe from Arabel Fabrics): Beth Webb Interiors,
    Side tables by chairs  (“Petrified Wood Slab Side Table” #323-125); Bernhardt,
    Bed (Melrose Tufted King Bed”); bed fabric (#1059-012); table lamp (“Sofia”); tufted bench at end of bed (“Fletcher Bench with Back”); bench fabric (Natural Linen); art (by Susan Hable): Bungalow Classic,
    Quilted coverlet and shams (“Hampton Organic Linen Coverlet”); king shams and duvet (“Allegra Organic White Linen”); throw (“Manhattan Oyster Throw”): Pom Pom At Home,
    Pillow on bed with blue trim (custom): Holland & Sherry,
    Armoire (“Reclaimed Lumber Circle-Armoire” #OW001): CFC,  

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    Bed Detail

    A petite Swedish-style chest snuggles next to the upholstered headboard. "I intentionally chose very textured materials to play off the neutrality of the spaces," says the designer.

    Bed (Melrose Tufted King Bed”); bed fabric (#1059-012); bedside chest (“Kiel 3-Drawer Chest” #641042); table lamp (“Sofia”); tufted bench at end of bed (“Fletcher Bench with Back”); bench fabric (Natural Linen); art (by Susan Hable): Bungalow Classic,
    Quilted coverlet and shams (“Hampton Organic Linen Coverlet”); king shams and duvet (“Allegra Organic White Linen”); throw (“Manhattan Oyster Throw”): Pom Pom At Home,
    Pillow on bed with blue trim (custom): Holland & Sherry,

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    Bedroom Sitting Area

    Two swivel chairs and an ottoman create a cozy reading spot. Floor-to-ceiling linen draperies are trimmed with decorative tape on the leading edge. "I like to finish draperies with tapes to give them dressmaker details," says designer Beth Webb. 

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    Master Bath

    Sink vanities  are painted “Broxburn Greige” from the Darryl Carter collection for Benjamin Moore. “Hex Spout” faucets are from Rohl’s Country collection. Vanity hardware is from the Matthew Quinn collection.

    Wall paint (“Seed Pearl” #27-32): Pratt & Lambert,
    Vanity cabinets: Wolverine Cabinet Co.,
    Vanity finish (“Broxburn Greige” #DC-19, Darryl Carter Collection): Benjamin Moore,
    Vanity hardware: Matthew Quinn Collection,
    Countertop (silver Travertine with pencil backsplash): Marmi Natural Stone,
    Faucets (“Hex Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet #A1808-2, Country Collection): Rohl,
    Mirrors (“Bernard Mirror”); stool (“Amil”); stool fabric (Natural Linen): Bungalow Classic,
    Wall sconces (“Dresser Long Sconce”/Polished Nickel #TOB2141, by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Art above stool: Max & Co.,

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    Master Bath

    The tub niche is detailed with lime-washed paneling. “Because of the wood elements, it’s not just  a tub in the window, rather the tub becomes part of the window,” Block says. The floor is “Silver Travertine” from Marmi Natural Stone.

    Wall paint (“Seed Pearl” 327-32): Pratt & Lambert,
    Cedar trim (limewash): Romabio,
    Bathtub (Tea-For-Two BubbleMassage Air Bath”): Kohler,
    Bath fixtures (Country Bath): Rohl,
    Tile around tub (Silver Travertine slab); flooring (silver Travertine, 12x24-inch tiles): Marmi Natural Stone,
    Window shades (“Bastogen”/Oyster #7726): Pindler & Pindler,
    Trim (“1.75-inch Gresham Tweeded Border”/Gravel #977-42420-09): Samuel & Sons,
    Barrel table by tub: owner’s collection.
    Towels: Bungalow Classic,

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    Guest Bedroom

    The Hoppings often host weekend guests at the lake house. One of the bedrooms has two queen-size beds plus a full-size bed in the window alcove to accommodate overnight visitors.

    Wall and trim paint (“Cumulus Cloud” #1550): Benjamin Moore,
    Carpet (“Wool Tones”/Oatmeal #8760/0002): Couristan,
    Beds (“Agnes Queen Tufted Bed”); bed fabric (#2360-002); bed cover and pillow shams (#2312-002); bedside table (“Calder Bedside Table”); throw on window seat; tufted chairs (“Marcel Chair #507052); ottoman; chair-and-ottoman fabric (linen burlap); chest between chairs (Landry Side Chest”); art above chest (by Susan Hable-art not shown on page): Bungalow Classic,
    Bed cover; duvet; pillow shams (“Alhambra”/Grey): Dransfield & Ross,
    Window shade (“Darwin”/Cream #4212): Pindler & Pindler,
    Trim on window shade (“Belgian Linen Woven Braid”/Linen #977-23639): Samuel & Sons,
    Cushion on window seat (“Chiron”/Alabaster #F1926-02, by Designers Guild): Osborne & Little,  

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    Guest Bath

    Twin vanities alllow two guests to clean up simultaneously. Simple wood shutters fold back to permit sunshine and lake views.

    Wall paint (“Somerset White” #DC-05, by Darryl Carter); vanity paint (“Cumulus Cloud” #1550): Benjamin Moore,
    Vanities: Wolverine Cabinet Co.,
    Countertop (Calacatta Gold marble): Marmi Natural Stone,
    Vanity hardware (round cabinet knob in weathered nickel): Matthew Quinn Colleciton,
    Sink (“Verticyl Oval Undermount Bathroom Sink”); faucets (“Bancroft Widespread Lavatory Faucet”/Polished Nickel): Kohler,
    Mirrors; throw: Bungalow Classic,
    Stool (‘Ceramic Cumulus Stool”): Wisteria,
    Sconces (“Petal Sconce” #BBL2025, by Barbara Barry for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting,
    Shutters (designed by Peter Block): Peter Block Architects,  

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    Lakeside View

    The home tucks into the hillside among the trees high above the water. 

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    Homeowners Alicia and Andy Hopping. 

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