Lake House - Foyer and Kids Room and Laundry, Oh My!

Today’s blog post is all the miscellaneous spaces in the lake house. But – that doesn’t mean they’re not gorgeous rooms worth seeing!

Let’s start with the main foyer. It’s a fairly large space, and because it’s the main entry, it needed a WOW factor. I knew I wanted to do a brick and stone wall in this space, so I designed the rest of the room around it. The chandelier is from Restoration Hardware, and it’s even more stunning in person than in photos. I’m also thrilled with how the custom knotty alder door turned out. I designed it from scratch and had it built by Jeldwen; the quality is incredible. Because of the 12’ high ceilings in the foyer, you’d never know in photos that this door is over 9’ tall... Scale can be a tricky thing to gauge in photographs, but I assure you – this room is GRAND.

Let’s start by taking a look at the concept rendering and some progress photos.

Foyer Concept Rendering 

Foyer Concept Rendering 

Progress Photo - November 2016

Progress Photo - November 2016

And here's how the space came together! I love how the Benjamin Moore Simply White crown moulding and chandelier medallion contrast with the Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal ceiling. The oil painting is an original piece and the console has a black marble top that is amazing. The little details in this space are what make it so special and unique.

Just off of the foyer is the main staircase, elevator corridor, and this little seating area outside the craft room.

When the architect designed the floor plan, he did not plan for a coat closet in the foyer. So, if you head through the cased opening into the hallway, we designed large wardrobes that flank a window seat. The first wardrobe serves as a coat closet with hanging storage. The other has tons of shelving for board games, seasonal items, and other storage.

2nd Level Hallway - Concept Rendering 

2nd Level Hallway - Concept Rendering 

Just because it's a hallway doesn't mean it needs to be boring. Every space is an opportunity for creative and functional design.

I used the same gray and white paint colors on the doors and frame as what’s on the crown moulding and ceiling in the foyer to tie the two spaces together, but, in true Fuchsia Design fashion, I introduced splashes of blue and orange for some pops of color.

During the framing stage, we framed out this doorway to be extra deep so that we could do some fun trim details on the underside of the cased opening. This is a great example of why it's important to bring a designer into your project early in the construction process. 

During the framing stage, we framed out this doorway to be extra deep so that we could do some fun trim details on the underside of the cased opening. This is a great example of why it's important to bring a designer into your project early in the construction process. 

Just past the second level corridor is the area we called the Kids Area. The overall decor of this space evolved quite a bit from our original concept renderings, but the general layout is the same. 

Kid's Area Progress Picture - November 2016

Kid's Area Progress Picture - November 2016

This area serves as a spot for the kids to do their homework and hang out. I’ve always wanted to do a more contemporary take on shiplap with stripes. Once I found the national park posters, they inspired me to juxtapose the contemporary shiplap with natural elements, rustic plaid, and wood. This space feels like a room that the kids can easily grow into and I love that it isn't going to feel youthful or dated in a few years. 

On the other side of the second level hallway is the guest suite corridor. I love these two arched mirrors hung adjacent to each other.

(More on the guest suite in the next post. Stay tuned!)

Next up is the laundry room. This space is on the third level, and it’s the laundry room of all laundry rooms. It has two washers, two dryers, hanging storage, a sink, and lots of folding space. Here's the concept rendering - 

I love designing laundry rooms because, similar to powder baths, they’re a fun space to do something unique in. I designed the tile floor using three different colors of 2x8 tile and installed them in a random pattern in rows. I’m so thankful the clients trusted my vision with unique details like this.

**Side note: I didn't realize until just now that the accessories on the shelves in the rendering are all exactly the same as what actually went in the space. The rendering and the final staging were done almost a year and a half apart, and I never made the connection. Even the hanging white shirts are the same. Too funny!

This frosted glass door with the custom decal I designed is my favorite. 

I might not hate doing laundry quite as much if I had this in my home! 

Let's go alllll the way down to the first level. We haven't seen this level since the very first lake house blog post on the kid's media room. On this level, we have the media room, a foyer, a mudroom, a bathroom, and an exercise room. Today, we're going to look at the mudroom and the bath. Let's start with the mudroom. 

Mudroom progress photos - January 2017

Mudroom progress photos - January 2017

In the mudroom, I designed a striped floors with 4 different colored tiles. If you're wondering if the tile installer loved me, the answer is obviously - YES. (Insert sarcasm) We did a lot of really fun things with tile in this home, and because of the order of when things get installed during construction, the tile patterns were the first thing to go in. Being that the builder and tradesmen didn't know what else was going in the rooms with all this crazy tile, I later found out that pretty much everyone on site thought I had lost my mind. Too funny.

Here's how the mudroom came together - 

All of the cabinetry in this home was custom designed by Fuchsia Design

All of the cabinetry in this home was custom designed by Fuchsia Design

The lower level bath is so cute. It has a hickory vanity and a pale blue penny tile floor. I wanted to mix the stained hickory finish with a painted shiplap, so we combined hickory crown moulding, base trim, and chair railing with the 4' high shiplap. It created a fun, beach-y look that's perfect for this lake house. 

So, what do you think? What's your favorite miscellaneous room in this home? I think mine is a tie between the second level hallway and the foyer; maybe I'm a sucker for the interior brick. 

Next up will be all of the kid's bedrooms and the guest suite. Stay tuned!