A Modern Michigan Lake House

A Modern Michigan Lake House

Sarah Coffey
Jun 2, 2010

We love the Michigan lakefront, but we've seen a few too many summer homes with yucky 'country kitsch' decor. Designed by architect Laurence Booth, this home is a world apart from that look—a refreshing, modern lake house with a sense of style inspired by the surrounding landscape of sand dunes, water, and forest.

Owners Irving Stenn and Judith Racht have an art gallery in Harbert, Michigan, where they specialize in contemporary art and objects. For the furnishings, they chose classic modern pieces: an Edward Wormley sofa, Hans Wegner Papa Bear chairs, a Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair, and a Wegner dining table.

Their art collection isn't too shabby either. Paintings by Jasper Johns and Carol Dolan bring life and color to the walls. Blue, in particular, plays a pivotal role, echoing the expanse of sea and sky visible through the large plate glass windows.

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Photos: James Yochum / Chicago Home + Garden

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