Lighting was an important element that the women shopped for, resulting in unique fixtures, sconces and ceiling fans "that remind me of kayak paddles," Celine says. "Kimberlee calls lighting 'the jewelry of your home.'"Among several unusual features in the house is a secret room behind a bookshelf in the lower level that is Drew's favorite place. "I like to play in there," the 11 year old said.Celine commissioned artist Laura McCarragher of Things With Wings to create an artsy wood-framed mirror for the kids' bathroom, with their names and positive phrases hand-painted around the border. ? roomJUNE 2012 21Mom and Dad drift off comfortably amid soft texture and color, while visions of lake adventures dance in their heads.
22 roomJUNE 2012 """I wanted to give the kids something to smile about when they start their day," she says of her motivation for that piece.While she loves everything about their home, Celine's favorite spot on the property actually is outdoors: A swing mounted under a main level sundeck that takes in the view of the lake and the awesome sunsets over the water.Huge chunks of quarry stone are layered along the shoreline, and a custom dock makes canoeing and kayaking easy and enjoyable. "We designed the dock so you don't have to step from the canoe into water. I just get in and Andy pushes me out. It's perfect," Celine said.Speaking of preferences, Emma, 14, says her favorite thing about the lake house isn't the house, but the view. "It makes me feel like I'm a part of nature, and that's pretty neat," she said. nWe wanted to bring the outdoors "inside, and we wanted to feel like the house fits in the landscape."landscape."- Celine Hartwig