By Stephanie Reeves
Eastern Lake, a 66-acre coastal dune lake, is located in the Florida Panhandle near Seagrove Beach. The lake has a unique environment that supports different species of animals and plants that can thrive in fresh and salt waters. Residents enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the lake, as well as water skiing. Taking in the beautiful nature that has been preserved and protected by the state of Florida is the natural highlight to this area that makes it a great place to live or vacation.
This lake cottage was built in the early 1970’s and has a unique and surprising floor plan with a charm all its own. The home was originally a 500 squarefoot cottage and was the first house on Eastern Lake. The home was used as a vacation home for an architect and his family who lived in Pensacola, FL. In the mid 1980’s, they did a major expansion and added on a large family room with wrap around porch, 3 bedrooms with an office above the master suite. The fireplace that separates the dining and living room today originally ran up the outside of the cottage.
Cindi and Jeff are both realtors and view many homes; they knew from the moment they walked in they wanted this to be their home. The living room has high ceilings with floor to ceiling divided light windows overlooking a beautiful coastal, dune lake. The home sits on a lot and half with 75 feet of frontage on the lake and is almost 300 ft. deep with large canopied trees and a circular drive. The home is quirky, always a project that needs to be done.
They have completed 2 major renovation projects in the 12 years they have lived here: in 2004 they installed hardwood floors throughout and renovated the bathrooms replacing tile and Formica with marble floors, showers and countertops and custom cabinetry. They also put Vgroove wood on the walls and ceilings. Their most recent renovation was the kitchen and dining space (These two rooms originally made up the entire cottage). It had a very small kitchen and bath and a sleeping loft, and the dining room area today was the entire living area. They took out the bathroom and kitchen and redesigned the space.
The kitchen and dining room now has 2 story ceilings with high windows to bring in lots of natural light. They also added wood walls and ceilings to the space all painted in Sherwin Williams Alabaster. The kitchen cabinets are made by Décor and are custom inset shaker with a beaded inset (also Sherwin Williams Alabaster) and they chose the Schaub Positano Pull in 11.5” that is acrylic and polished nickel to add a modern touch. The counter tops and arabesque backsplash are honed Avignon Bianco Marble. Cindi and Jeff love wine so their favorite new appliance is a Sub zero new generation full size wine fridge with 2 climate controls to house both red and white wine. In the bar area we chose an antiqued mirror arabesque Moroccan tile with marble accents. The kitchen and dining room sit side by side so we chose dueling chandeliers to connect the space.
They chose a Regina Andrews Parisian frosted beaded chandelier in gold and had local artist Marisol Gullio silver leaf both fixtures so you can catch glimpses of the gold. The sink is a 36” Kohler cast iron apron sink with a Rohl polished nickel bridge faucet. The kitchen has become their favorite space in the home.
Their second favorite space is the large wrap around porch with sitting area, dining area and a swing bed for lazy afternoons enjoying the beautiful Coastal Dune Lake. The sheltering warmth of the outward-looking sitting area contrasts with the expansiveness of the waterside exposure.
The living room is eclectic. The chairs have slipcover linen made by Moss Studio and are the best looking rocker and swivel chairs they found. The coffee table is antiqued mirrored and made by Bliss Home, the lamps are by Barbara Cosgrove. The fireplace screen was a gold Moroccan arabesque that we had silver leafed by the same artist.