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Lakehouse at Barren River

Okay…first of all you guys kind of totally rock…You and your sweet words were the vitamins to my writer’s brain on Friday. Feeling kind of overwhelmed and underinspired..which I probably have said almost every July for the past 5 July’s… and a few of you left such sweet comments that really made my day! I think that the challenge with blogging for this long without much of a break is too continue to be a place that is inspiring. This comment….”casual, fresh and interesting…” it truly made my day…thank you again…It is the best kind of bonus! Keep the comments and suggestions coming:)

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My love of projects and photography along with writing is really what I was meant to do. There are some really fun new avenues to be connected with you all like Instagram, Facebook and my newest favorite periScope which is basically like if Youtube and Snapchat had a baby;) A live podcast that last for only 24 hours. It is really a fun way to get to know you guys better and to follow along your favorite bloggers and see them behind the scenes. It makes everybody come to life…. literally. I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon for a new app but I think that this Periscope app (which is an arm of the Twitter brand) will be here to stay. You can find me on there at @cleverlyinspire I shared a few this weekend….but I don’t think they are still on there now. You can be notified when I am Live:)barren river lakehouse for sale (3)

 

I have been asked recently about our lakehouse and I thought this might be a good time to give you an update of what is going on there. We did have some renters in our lake house that unfortunately had to move out to move closer to their family. So we were left once again with an empty lake house. We put it back on the market at the beginning of the summer and have had some interest….but no takers yet.

 

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It is a very specific buyer that we’re looking for. Even though the house is in a perfect location…it is very rural. It is a very private location which is one of the biggest reasons why we love it so much. It is a value too… we have come down on the price about $20,000!!

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If you know of anybody in northern Tennessee or Kentucky that is interested in a furnished lake house please forward this to them. We would love it to have somebody buy it who is going to take care of it and enjoy it as much as we did. I created a Youtube for you to share:)

 

 

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Here are a few past projects that we completed at the lake house that readers have enjoyed… (pics are tiny…vintage bloggin days:)

 

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How to make an outdoor bar

Thrifty Finds at the Lake

Wine Bottle garden path

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to make a bar (outdoor)

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We have this little space at the lake house right outside the kitchen door. It is a perfect spot to sit and watch…and listen. We don’t have a very large kitchen so this space is perfect for pulling up a stool to eat (and drink ;) We made this super easy bar area about 4 summers ago…it has served us well. It would be great on any deck….not that much material and you can get it finished by Miller time for sure:)

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We cut several pieces of treated lumber about 18inches long. Screwed into the railing of the deck. When we had most of the boards secure…we took another pieces of treated wood and secured it underneath (screwing from the top down). This gave the bar more stability. Ours can comfortably fit 4 adults…sometimes we squeeze a couple more in.

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I got this cotton tablecloth at Ikea a few years back…along with some heavy duty magnets. I had to cut the tablecloth in half so that it would hang right. Makes it so nice because I can just toss them in the wash..and they are ready for another weekend.

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The lanterns were also from Ikea a few years back…and the stools.

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All ready for the 4th! What are your plans???

Sharing at home stories a to z, Tip Junkie, Whipperberry, TodaysCreative
funky junk, Thrifty Decor Chic

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Grammie’s guest book

Hi all!! I want to welcome all my new friends from Dallas. I had a great time meeting you all at the Project MOM conference in this weekend. What a warm welcoming group! I will be sharing some pics soon! I hope you all had a great weekend too :)

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When my Grammie moved from her house of 30plus years….there was a bunch of stuff. Some of it was just that…stuff. My mom and I helped her go through the things she wanted to move to her new home…and separate it all out. She had a few great garage sales and she did a good job at getting rid of some of the things that didn’t mean that much. The guest book though….that was a keeper. She had this guest book from way back in 1978. She started it as a way to keep addresses….and notes from people who came to visit her.

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It is the story of her house. It is a treasure. I am lucky enough to be the one to have it now. My mom knows I am the “keeper” of such things. A sort of family historian. I love this book and the memories it holds. I signed it every summer that I spent with her. Making note of my age…along with my “boyfriends” name…all right there in the guest book. My best friend Melissa signed it…several times…her family, old friends, new friends, cousins, aunts and uncles, her bridge club…on and on. She built a happy home at the shore…and this book is evidence of that.

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I signed the day before I became Mrs. Stoll…and my soon to be husband signed too. We were married at my Grammie’s church at the beach. And now…the beloved Guest book has a home at the lakehouse.  And the joy passes on….thanks Grammie :)

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A guest book is such a nice way to see the travels of your friends and family from year to year. It is so much fun to look back on. I would encourage you to start one in your house. Just leave it out by a door…and encourage friends to leave a note ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Thrifty finds at the Lake house

 

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It is almost that time of year….lake time! I have done a few post in the past few years…about the lakehouse. It is a perfect place to be in the summertime. The lake that we are on is quiet and uncrowded…and we love that about it. I decorated this house entirely with thrifty finds. Picking up stuff here and there…it is always evolving. The walls are all white. Splashes of red, and blue are the accents. They remind of summertime. Here are a few of our favorite pieces at the lake…

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A couple of loveseats are covered with super large canvas dropclothes. Makes for easy clean up and very kid friendly! Very shabby chic, right?!? Simple white canvas tab top drapes cover the windows. We found some drift wood at the state park a few years back…they make great curtain holders!

 

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The main wall when you walk in is covered with red frames with black and white pictures. It’s our timeline of memories from past summers.

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The kitchen and family room are one big room…to have a sense of separation we use this small island…along with a couple of foldable barstools from ikea.

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If you ask any child who has been to the lakehouse…they will say their most favorite thing about it is the snack elevator. It is a pulley system with a basket attached that can serve up snacks to the lazy kiddos in the loft. They love it!

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The loft is the kids space…one accent wall is painted navy and has some vintage children’s prints that I ripped from an old book. And of course we have to mark the kids height every year…(twice a year actually)

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If you misbehave…you will find your “dog” in the doghouse.

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This is a favorite spot in the summer is my Grammie’s old wicker chairs. It is so pretty when all the trees are in bloom. You feel like you are in a tree house.

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I still love these red glass knobs…found them on ebay :)

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Here are a couple of other post about the lake…:

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Summer

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Days till summer???

We technically never really “open” the lakehouse…it is “open” all year. Actually, some of the prettiest days there are in the fall when the leaves change…very peaceful. However, we do like to do some spring clean-up in May to get ready for some summer fun.

Everything is so green—course we have had 500million rain days…just sayin..

We spent some time in the basement putting up a basketball goal. It is a benefit to a walk-out basement that has crazy tall ceilings…about 13 foot.

Boy needs to play ball 23 out of 24 hours in  a day…

Swept up all the leaves….

and got ready for Memorial Day fun!

The only thing I can grow seems to be these hostas…apparently they don’t mind shade!

My favorite place to sit with coffee and read….or just sleep :)

Lanterns are up and ready :)

The path to the lake is all wooded. Just a little ways to reach the water and the boat at our dock.

We took some time to have fun and play on the tree swing.

And play with fire….supervised of course.
“can I get a hotdog please…with my wine…”

I made these curtain hooks from a bunch of roping. I tied them up to a piece of driftwood. Very low cost—but chic right?!?!

We love this little spot at the lake :)
Here is another post I did about some of the inside….

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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