On the porch, Jane Shelton pillows and wicker chairs add a little romance to a seating area overlooking Lake Michigan.

Designer Tom Stringer likens the living room's color palette to "a Midwestern garden in June." The periwinkle rug is from his collection for Texstyle. Armchair fabric is Victoria Hagan. Drapery fabric is Kathryn M. Ireland.

For consistency, Stringer used the Victoria Hagan fabric from the living room on the Hickory Chair dining chairs.

The large, cheerful kitchen with an adjoining office for Sheila is truly the heart of the house. A mahogany-topped center island is identical to one in Stringer's own home. Cabinetry is all custom-designed by Stringer. Pendant lights are from Vaughan.

Not an inch of wasted space! Drawers under the back stairway add storage.

In the family room, colorful framed travel posters hang above a "double-wide" sofa--custom made for family movie nights.

Stair rails with quirky positive-negative, tulip-shaped cutouts are "a traditional cottage detail, reinterpreted," says Stringer.

In the blue-and-white master bedroom, "We minimized the use of other colors to make it soothing and restful," says Stringer. Shade fabric is Classic Cloth through Dessin Fournir with Samuel & Sons trim.

Cabinets in the master bathroom were custom-designed by Stringer. Fixtures are Waterworks.

In a cozy corner of Caroline's room, a petite bergère upholstered in green and pink becomes the touchstone for the room's pink and green palette.

The summer camp-themed boys' bedroom has oversized bunk beds fitted below with drawers for storage. The rug is from Watson Smith. Shade fabric is Classic Cloth. The drum table is from Richard Mulligan.

Stringer paired periwinkle and polka dots (not to mention that view of Lake Michigan) to create a charming guest bedroom.

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Lakeside Cottage

Designer Tom Stringer creates a fantasy cottage for a young family in need of a little room to grow

Written by Jenny Bradley
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In the family room, colorful framed travel posters hang above a "double-wide" sofa--custom made for family movie nights.

Wall paint ("Putnam Ivory" #HC-39); trim paint ("White Dove" #OC-17): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Sofa (custom): Tom Stringer Design Partners, 312/664-0644, tomstringer.com.
Sofa fabric ("Lazy Days"/Natural #25824-1): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
Blue diamond pillow fabric ("Algiers"/Blue): Jacques Bouvet et Cie, 323/931-1576, jacquesbouvet.com. Available through Bettermans, 773/281-3779.
Yellow pillow fabric ("Glazed Dundee"/Daisy #34292-17): Clarence House, 800/803-2850, clarencehouse.com.
Green vine pillow fabric ("Emma"/Apple #2119-07, discontinued): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.
Red paisley pillow fabric ("Fawkes Cotton Print"/Flame #79747-154): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
Club chairs (custom): Tom Stringer Design Partners, 312/664-0644, tomstringer.com.
Club-chair fabric ("Blanford Check"/Green #F3003-07, by Colefax & Fowler): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Cocktail table/ottoman (custom): Tom Stringer Design Partners, 312/664-0644, tomstringer.com.
Cocktail table/ottoman leather ("Shrunken Buffalo Bill"/Caramel #SBB16): Edelman Leather, 800/886-8339, edelmanleather.com.
Pair of chests (Bluebery Black painted chests, antique): Lee Stanton Antiques, 310/855-9800.
Table lamp ("Wood Triple Gourd Natural Finish Lamp"): Allan Knight & Assoc., 214/741-2227, allanknightasso.com.
Area rug ("Basketweave"): Watson Smith Carpet & Rugs, 312/644-4725.
Side table ("Twig Table" #60Q-629, Oscar de la Renta Collection): Century Furniture, 800/852-5552, centuryfurniture.com.
Drink table ("Burl Wood Stump Table," product line varies): Mecox Gardens, 312/836-0571, mecoxgardens.com.
Art (vintage French travel posters): Chicago Art Source, 773/248-3100.
Window treatment fabric ("Jefferson"/White #8946): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090, pindler.com.
Window treatment trim ("Lakefield Braid"/Red #JM13E-05, by Jane Churchill, discontinued): Cowtan & Tout, 212/647-6900, cowtan.com.
Ottomans ("Florence Storage Ottomans" #214-04): Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Ottoman fabric ("Emma"/Apple #2119-07, discontinued): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.
Cashmere throw (solid cashmere throw): Williams Sonoma Home, 888/922-4108, wshome.com.
Floor lamps ("Adjustable Floor Lamp"/Bronze): Visual Comfort & Co., 713/686-5999, visualcomfort.com.



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