ProjectLakehouse with a View

Design area: Residential interior

ServicesComplete gut rehab, design, decor, layout changes and furnishings, renovation
Location: Grove, OK
ChallengeProvide a facelift for a family home that brings in more views of the lake
image of the living room with sofas by windows

This was a special project for Nuance Interior Designs. This was a family home for our clients, whose parents bought it in the early 80s, although both have passed away. The goal was to give it a facelift, while keeping to the integrity and soul of the home, as our clients remembered it. The view was so beautiful, we thought we would start there, while looking at giving a facelift of sorts to the decor and interiors as a whole.


The kitchen renovation was incredibly rewarding. We were able to create an entirely new layout with appliances, beautiful cabinetry, countertops, fixtures and more. When we began looking at how to maximize the space, the clients worked hand in hand with us to make sure everything reflected what they wanted to see in the home. We love projects where we can not only update the decor, but handle the complete renovation with installations and all new finishes throughout the home. As part of the process, we also redesigned three bedrooms and the bathrooms in the house, providing all new fixtures, paint, cabinets, furniture, and more.

You will notice that we used a lot of beautiful decor items, textiles, and furnishings that evoke nature: wood grains, bird motifs, rock and mineral patterns, water, etc. All of this amplifies the beautiful surroundings. We also knew that to fully enjoy the scenery, we would have to remove the existing fireplace. 
Here are some of the “before” photos prior to the renovation. 

Before: Rock fireplace blocked the best view in the house. After: Glorious view of Grand Lake!


Taking out the fireplace during the renovation

When we first approached Amber, the idea was to just update our dated family home—perhaps just take a wall out and open up the space. Through consultation, we realized that perhaps taking out the fireplace (not an easy decision) would create a much more beautiful view. The whole experience, from the initial discussions to the remodeling was terrific. Amber handled everything and kept things on schedule, and, most importantly, we felt like we could trust her from the smallest to the biggest detail. We now recommend her to everyone we know.”

Kimberly and Jerry

Below showcases the area now without the fireplace with beautiful views of the lake. 


Light-filled room without the fireplace as the centerpiece.

For more photos of this project, including some before/after shots, check out the portfolio gallery here. 
If you have a residential home, vacation property or commercial space that you hope to redesign or update, we’re here to help. Call us for a consultation.


Amber Benson