Rustic Dining Room and Living Area

A lychee wood table with an undulating “live edge” anchors the cabin’s living area. Above the table is a wood panel painted in a Native American-inspired design. Chairs by Guy Chaddock are covered in Pendleton wool.

Credenza with Far Eastern Influences

A round mirror with a kilim-style fabric frame, from Roughing It In Style, hangs above a custom-designed chest.

Fun Dishes

The kitchen is stocked with dishes from Catstudio painted with Wisconsin motifs.

Rustic Sitting Room in Warm Tones

The fireplace was made with stones—many with moss and lichen still on them—gathered from nearby farms. The large Woodland Furniture coffee table doubles as a storage chest for blankets and pillows that the Bakkes can grab when watching TV in the space.

Breezy and Inviting Porch

A bed swing on the porch is an irresistible napping spot. The area’s red palette reflects the metal roof above, which was treated to create a rust finish.

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Leafy Chandelier

A nature-inspired chandelier from Currey & Co. lights up the porch.

Antler Door Handle

An antler serves as a handle on the porch door.

Kitchen with Casual Ambience

Rough-hewn beams frame the kitchen, where saddle stools from the Roughing It In Style store in Madison sidle up to a zinc-topped counter.

Zinc Countertops with Artisan Details

In the kitchen area, zinc is bent over the sides of the countertop and fastened with nailheads. “The idea is having elements that are more handcrafted and not so perfect,” De Giulio says.

Cabinet Corner

Sub-Zero refrigerators and freezers are faced with carved door panels in a woven-wood pattern. A creamy glaze on cabinets with grooved insets keeps the space feeling light and casual.

Artistic Range with Custom Hood

The custom-designed barrel-shaped hood above the Wolf range looks like zinc but is actually stainless steel in what designer Mick De Giulio calls an “angel hair” finish. “It gives a more muted look to stainless steel.” The hood has a stovepipe on one end “just for effect,” the designer adds.

Colorful Range Backsplash

Glass tiles from Artistic Tile add a splash of color behind the range.

Cozy Dining and Game Nook

Near the shuffleboard table, the nook with a lychee wood tabletop is a favorite spot for card and board games. Often Sue enjoys a cup of coffee there while watching wildlife.

Lovely Wood Bar Area

The seats of backless stools from Woodland Furniture are covered in a red faux-leather fabric from Pindler & Pindler. The high-tech jukebox is from Rock-Ola.

Built for Entertaining

De Giulio designed the deep stone bar sink so it can be filled with ice and beverages when the Bakkes entertain. The bronze-finish faucet is from Rocky Mountain Hardware. Rich brown countertops in the bar’s work area “look like petrified wood,” the designer points out, “blending into the landscape and the rest of the home’s wood finishes.”

Metallic Touches

The bar area is well equipped with several Sub-Zero glass-door beverage refrigerators and lighted wine chillers. De Giulio trimmed them with walnut frames and added hefty 1920s-looking chrome-plated latches.

Industrial-Chic Bar Lighting

Light fixtures above the bar from Italian maker Aldo Bernardi have glass shades over exposed filament bulbs for an old-fashioned feel.

Powder Room with Birch-Bark Wall

Birch-bark wall covering, Rejuvenation lights, and a mirror from Carvers’ Guild add artisan touches.

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Enormously Appealing Lakeside Summer Cottage

The living is easy at a Wisconsin summer home

Written by Amy Elbert
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Artistic Range with Custom Hood

The custom-designed barrel-shaped hood above the Wolf range looks like zinc but is actually stainless steel in what designer Mick De Giulio calls an “angel hair” finish. “It gives a more muted look to stainless steel.” The hood has a stovepipe on one end “just for effect,” the designer adds.

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