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We Bought a Midcentury Modern Lake Cottage!

We Bought a Midcentury Modern Lake Cottage!

After a two-year house hunt, I cannot believe the day has come to be sharing a quick walk-thru tour (using the MLS listing photos) of my new midcentury modern, lake cottage with you today

As the Steve Miller Band once sang,

You know you got to go through hell
Before you get to heaven!

modern farmhouse lake cottage tour

Well….my family and I have finally made it to what I call mother-effing heaven.

midcentury modern lake cottage ideas

While purchasing a forever home in this crazy market is definitely not for the faint of heart, we somehow did it!

modern lake house with cottage style decor

Even more miraculous? Our forever home turned out to be even more incredible than we ever could have expected – a midcentury modern cottage on the lake with plenty of yard for my little ones to roam (it actually sits on a bird sanctuary)!

midcentury modern lake cabin with with lots of windows

Given we just finished an extremely difficult move this past week into our new abode (by difficult…I mean the entire family was ravaged with a stomach bug- literal sh*t and vomit show) , I have taken the easy way out today, by simply pulling the photos off of the MLS listing to share with you. Hell…I figured something was better than nothing!

cottage kitchen with sage green island and white cabinets

Rest assured, however, that I am going to be documenting this incredible house myself once we get somewhat settled. Generic real estate photos simply don’t do this place justice.

modern farmhouse kitchen with brick walls

The house was built in the 1970’s, but the previous owners meticulously (not to mention very tastefully) renovated the once neglected space and as a result, we plan on only doing minor cosmetic updates at first.

modern boho cottage ideas with board and batten walls

Basically…. we only plan on doing smaller projects and decorating the space in a way that feels specifically “us”.

creamy white walls with board and batten

While I am currently in the process of feeling the heartbeat of the home out, I can already tell that I want to speak more to the midcentury modern aspects of it.

cottage with screened in porch ideas

Being privileged enough to purchase a house of this size (hello gigantic feasting table!)… on the lake…aaand with a huge inground pool, is something I never would have dreamed would be possible for me and my family.

white midcentury modern home with walnut stained pool deck

But having the faith and courage to sale our beloved rancher – the home we poured our blood, sweat and tears into for over 7 years- in this heavily inflated market (we had 17 offers on our old house), played a considerable role in the ability to purchase this gem. It was a calculated risk that I believe paid off immensely…

lakefront modern farmhouse cottage tour

I still have a few projects from our old home lined up for the blog over the next few weeks, so if you want to see real-time videos of the new place, be sure to watch my stories on Instagram ( follow me @designingvibes). You can view the highlight “New house” to catch up on all the behind-the-scenes.

Ultimately, I am living proof that with faith and consistency, dreams can come true.

modern farmhouse lake cottage home tour

Over those two long years of looking at loads of houses (and 3 out-bidded offers), we seriously began to doubt that we would ever find a house that we loved more than our trusty ol’ fixer upper, but to my delight, this place met all of our non-negotiables (like more space for our children to play and plenty of natural light for me) along with features we never thought possible.

All of this to say that if I can do it, you can freakin’ too!

Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life!



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...

Lilly Thomas

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Sharing your excitement... It's absolutely gorgeous!!! Many blessings and much happiness as you all settle in. <3

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Thank you so much for the kind words, Lilly! :)

Any Mouse

Thursday 10th of March 2022

Congratulations!!! We just moved in to our forever home. Bones are fabulous. The color choices, not so much. Looking forward to gaining inspiration!

Designing Vibes

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Congrats on your new home as well! Sorry on the bad color choices though. Lol :) Thankfully paint is one of the easiest things to change.


Thursday 10th of March 2022

An outstanding canvas for your upcoming stunning artistry!! Many great memories will be made here by your sweet family. Congrats!

Heather Chun

Thursday 10th of March 2022

Wow!!! Love the new palace it’s beautiful & on the lake hell yeahhh! So proud of you how far you have come :) Girl did the damn thang and looked good doing it too lol you’re all around goals mama! Congratulations

Designing Vibes

Thursday 10th of March 2022

Thank you so freakin' much, girl. Love you! xoxo


Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Erica you hit the jackpot! The beams on the ceiling are amazing! I am going to have so much fun following along as you leash your decorating skills on this beauty!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Thank you so very much, friend. I hope you are having a great week so far. :)