Lake House Decor & Decorating Ideas: Make Your Summer House Feel Like Home

Your lake house is your home away from home, so it should feel just as inviting. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite pieces to help you deck out your summer house with lake house decor to make it feel more like home. 

A custom lake art map of Buzzard's Bay hangs on a wall

Lake Art – Customized 3D Wood Maps

Commemorate that special lake in your life and give people visiting your lake house something to talk about with this custom 3D wood map. This laser-cut wall map captures a lake’s surrounding area and levels of depth in incredible detail that makes for a meaningful, and artful, memento.

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A blue & white nautical rope door mat from The Rope Co. sits on a front porch

The Rope Co. – Nautical Rope Door Mat 

If you’re going for a nautical theme, setting the stage starts at the front door. These New England-style nautical rope doormats are woven from rugged rope so they can handle mud, sand, and grit, and they have a sea-worthy vibe just right for a house on the water.

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Custom nautical pillows from Not For Navigation are a great living room accent

Not for Navigation – Custom Nautical Pillow

Commemorate favorite places and journeys in a couch-worthy way. Using nautical charts and topographical maps, this cotton canvas pillow is custom printed with the map of your special location.

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A lobster-rubbed driftwood tray from Fish Aye trading sits on a blue ottoman

Fish Aye Trading – Driftwood Tray 

This rustic driftwood tray has dock cleats for carrying that complements the overall nautical feel. In the center of the tray is the star: aquatic life captured in a fish rubbing print, an ancient art form that is done by hand in Cape Cod. 

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Tidepieces Tide clocks feature nautical scenes while keeping track of the tide changes

Tidepieces – Tide Clock 

What tide is it? This precision clock keeps you informed of local tidal changes, as does a gradually changing art print. One make a great gift for a boater, angler, beachcomber, or anyone who enjoys staying in tune with the tides.

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Players enjoy snacks as they play cribbage with a Lake Tahoe laser-engraved custom cribbage board from Lake Art

Lake Art – Custom Made Cribbage Board

Having something to do on those rainy days stuck inside is important when you have a summer house. This cribbage board isn’t just entertaining, it’s also customizable. You can designate the body of water you want to see, and Lake Art will laser-cut it and the surrounding area onto the board. 

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a black buoy bell with buoy charm from North Country Wind Bells hangs from the front porch of a lake house

North Country Wind Bells – Buoy Bells 

A summer house sometimes needs some small little touches to make it feel homey. Adding a buoy bell outside will certainly make it sound like your favorite place. Made in Maine with recycled steel, each bell recreates the distinctive chime of an actual harbor buoy bell.

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Patio essentials like a sun hat sit stored neatly in a white and blue stripe nautical rope storage big from The Rope Co.

The Rope Co. – Nautical Rope Storage Bin

Storage solutions in your summer house are key for fighting clutter, and this nautical rope storage bin fits the bill. Crafted out of real rope, the bin can house everything from summer blankets on the porch to sandy flip-flops by the door. 

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A man hangs an American flag in his yard with ease thanks to Flagpole Farm's titan telescoping flagpole

Flagpole Farm – Titan Telescoping Flagpole 

If you want to fly Old Glory or another flag at your summer home, pick up this telescoping flagpole from Flagpole Farm. The base can be cemented in place for stability, and the telescoping pole can be raised and lowered to easily swap out or re-position the flag. 

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a cool blue cotton & linen day blanket from Brahms Mount sits draped on a lounge chair

Brahms Mount – Cotton & Linen Day Blanket

There’s nothing better to ward off a bit of a chill than this cotton and linen day blanket. Handcrafted on a vintage loom, these blankets offer simple lines in many colors, and one looks absolutely inviting draped over a chair or sofa. 

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a nautical themed space is tied together with Fish Aye Trading's fish-rubbing art print

Fish Aye Trading – Nautical Print 

Fish rubbing art brings the sea inside, and it’s one of the most authentic ways to decorate a home by the water. (Which is why it’s one of the most popular lake house decorating ideas.) The prints boast colors drawn from the actual fish it depicts, and is finished with an on-theme driftwood frame. 

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white, red & orange hand painted koi fish sculptures swim through grass in a garden

Fish in the Garden – Swimming Koi Sculptures 

You may not be willing to keep real koi fish, but you can still have fish in your garden with these handcrafted koi sculptures. Created by artist Tyson Weiss, each ceramic fish is shaped to appear like its swimming through the water, even though it’s planted firmly into the ground.

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A mantle makes a statement thanks to Good Directions 100% copper bass mantle sculpture

Good Directions – 100% Copper Mantle Sculpture 

Make a mantle the focal point of the room with a handmade copper mantle sculpture from Good Directions placed right over the fireplace. Because the mantle sculptures are made with copper, they will develop a natural patina over the years. There are different styles to pick from to suit your space, like nautical and animal-inspired designs.

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Man holds a fresh pint of beer in a leather pint glass koozie with anchor detailing

Oowee – Handcrafted Leather Drink Sleeves 

Kick back and relax with a cold one. This handcrafted leather drink sleeve protects your hand from getting cold and keeps condensation in check. Made in North Carolina and guaranteed to last a lifetime, you can add a monogram to a drink sleeve to make it truly yours.

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Tea time gets a fun update with destination-themed tea towels from Vestiges

Vestiges – Destinations Tea Towels 

Make tea time super special in your lake house with destination-style tea towels. Take your pick of colorful illustrations of places like Cape Cod and the Grand Canyon.  

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a seating area gets a chic update thanks to the washable rugs by Lorena Canals

Lorena Canals – Washable Rugs

Days at the lake house are going to be spent having fun, which means muddy shoes, spills and more is bound to happen. Many rugs can’t be thrown in the washing machine when they get dirty, and at a vacation home, convenience is key. Luckily for you and all those sandy feet, the rugs form Lorena Canals are washable.

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breakfast at the table never looked so good thanks to Fish Aye Trading's fish rubbing placemats

Fish Aye Trading – Fish-Rubbing Placemats 

Finally, these placemats from artist John Doherty are made in the same way he creates his signature fish rubbing prints and serving trays for Fish Aye Trading. Handcrafted in Cape Cod, a set is a functional and artistic addition to your summer space.

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At the end of the day, you want to relax at a summer house that is filled with quality must-haves, customized lake house decor, and happy memories that are distinctly your own. So whether your hideaway is near the beach, a river, pond, or lake, we have amazing options designed to make the stresses of everyday life melt away the moment you walk through the door of your home away from home.

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