There’s nothing like a strict deadline to kick a design project into high gear. For a New York family with a home on scenic Greenwood Lake, that deadline was a wedding in August, when the entire bridal party would be bunking in the house. The home, which is shared by three generations, was in need of a fresh look to match the growing family’s lifestyle and tastes. They wanted to keep the makeover as low maintenance as the home itself, so they turned to interior designer Nicole Fisher of The Studio at One Kings Lane to take the reins.
Nicole met with members of the family at The Studio in New York City to talk about their needs and design inspirations. The clients’ top priority was making the home sleep as many people as possible. “They also wanted a really comfortable space—something that was approachable,” says Nicole.
Though the house is roomy, Nicole’s biggest challenge was designing the space to accommodate a crowd without having it feel like a dorm. The solution was a mix of versatile pieces, such as daybeds and sofas with trundles, that could be used for both hanging out and sleeping. “We had to be really creative,” she says. “Nothing was overcrowded or overdone.” She also brought in smart storage pieces that keep toys and outdoor gear from creating clutter.
At the same time, Nicole had to make the home feel modern and updated but still lived-in. “I didn’t want the house to feel brand-new,” she says. Mixing in vintage pieces and the clients’ existing collection of art and family photos helped strike the perfect balance and create a timeless look. “I tried to create a space that they wouldn’t have to change in 10 years,” Nicole adds.
Nicole and The Studio team spent a week installing the new pieces and styling the space—just in time for the wedding. “They were thrilled with the transformation,” says Nicole. The refreshed lake house can now sleep 18 and is filled with plenty of spots for family members of all ages to kick back and relax. With cozy seating, durable materials, and room for all, the home will keep life on the lake stylish for generations to come.
Nicole wanted the focal point of the “view room” to be the stunning vistas through the floor-to ceiling windows. She placed a U-shape sectional that can seat 10 people and sleep 4 facing the windows and added stools and an ottoman for a burst of pattern and as extra spots to perch.
The daybed in the view room performs double duty as an area for morning coffee and an extra sleeping spot. The garden stool serves as a petite nightstand or a place to rest a book.
The dining room’s long vintage table can fit a crowd. Nicole surrounded it with blue lacquered chairs (durable for little ones!) and vintage leather armchairs that elevate the look.
The beaded chandelier and the vintage rug pair perfectly with the blue dining chairs. Nicole kept the room’s wood paneling as it was. “We had the option of painting, but I didn’t want to paint over the wood,” she says. “It really warms up the space.”
The color palette of rich blues continues into the adjacent movie room, where the family gathers for screenings or to sit around the fireplace during cooler months. Here it was all about soft textiles and cozy textures, from the Moroccan rug to the plush sectional.
Nicole chose a pale-blue palette—a nod to the mother’s favorite color—for the master bedroom. The narrow space was divided into sleeping and sitting areas. Crisp linens and vintage pillows dress the elegant bed. “The clients are very sophisticated but also very casual and relaxed,” says Nicole. “Every room had to be a mix of that.”
The sitting area’s clever sofa has a trundle bed that pops out to sleep two people, while the vintage coffee table and pillows make the space feel lived-in. “I didn’t want any room to feel too new,” says Nicole.
The nightstands and the porcelain table lamps bring a bit of traditional style into the space. Nicole tucked ginger jars nearby to add another classic design element.
Nicole’s favorite room was once overcrowded with a queen-size bed and a crib. After replacing the home gym with a kids’ room, she was able to pare down this space into an adult haven. Simple side tables and lighting and neutral linens give the room an open, tranquil feel. Nicole added a vintage rug to bring in color and an oversize mirror to draw the eye up.
The twin guest rooms were designed to be durable and low maintenance. “Anyone could come in there after a day on the lake and not feel like they’re ruining anything,” Nicole says. Cozy knit blankets and pillows made with vintage textiles warm up the iron beds. The designer used a “completely foolproof” jute rug on the floor.
In the other twin guest room, bamboo beds and a vintage rug create a sophisticated but still relaxed retreat. The deep-blue throws and table lamp keep the room cohesive with the rest of the house.
A gym was transformed into a cheery kids’ room with a crib and a sofa with a trundle bed. A bright vintage rug tops the spill-friendly carpet tiles. “We wanted to make it a light, fresh, fun room but with plenty of space in the middle for them to play,” Nicole explains.
Every square foot of the house was maximized to sleep as many people as possible. Even the landing can host overflow guests: The daybed, side table, and floor lamp create an extra bedroom in an often-underutilized space.
The family loves to be by the lake, so creating comfortable outdoor spaces was key. Just outside the view room, the lido deck, as the family calls it, was furnished with double chaises and a dining area that seats 12. “We did a lot of outdoor wicker,” Nicole notes. “Everything had to be no maintenance and no fuss. If they didn’t come to the house for a few months, nothing was going to get ruined.”
The Adirondack chairs on the middle deck are the perfect spot to take in the lake views. Nicole added outdoor pillows and an orange table for a pop of color.
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