Waterfront Retreat with Party Dock

This waterfront retreat by Heather Garrett Interior Design features plenty of patios and spaces that make the most of living on beautiful Lake Gaston.

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Dining Area & Bar on Elevated, Lakeside Deck

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Floating Lounge on the Lake With Comfy Seating

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Elevated Deck on the Lake With Swings & Al Fresco Dining

Enjoy al fresco dining on this elevated, lakeside deck. After dining, relax on one of the swings. Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Outdoor Dining Area With White Drapery

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for dining and entertaining.

Elevated, Lakefront Deck

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Porch Swings

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit. Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Back of Lakefront Home With a Saltwater Pool & Lounge Area

This 4,000 square foot retreat on Lake Gaston in rural North Carolina features an inviting pool and plenty of space to lounge outside in the sun or shade. Outdoor drapery helped blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Saltwater Pool With Lake View

Enjoy a lazy afternoon soaking up the sun rays and relaxing in this lakeside home's saltwater pool. The boat dock is just a few steps away to take advantage of fun activities on Lake Gaston.

Outdoor Drapery

Everything on the porch is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.

Outdoor Lounge at Lakefront Home

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit. Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Saltwater Pool With Lake View

Enjoy a lazy afternoon soaking up the sun rays and relaxing in this lakeside home's saltwater pool. The boat dock is just a few steps away to take advantage of fun activities on Lake Gaston.

Comfy Outdoor Lounge With Fireplace & Drapery

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Party Deck on the Lake

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Outdoor Lounge at Lakefront Home

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Covered Porch Overlooking Pool & Lake

Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.

Hammock on Floating Lounge

On the floating lounge, enjoy some relaxation on the hammock that is perfect for napping, reading or taking in the lake views.

Fire Pit in Backyard of Lakeside Retreat

After the sun goes down, enjoy company around the lakeside fire pit.

Gorgeous Lakeside Retreat

The Houghtons' 4,000 square foot lakeside retreat on Lake Gaston in rural North Carolina offers a place for the family to work and play when not spending time at their home in Chapel Hill. Inside, Heather Garrett Interior Design and the Houghtons determined that a fitness room took priority over a vacuous master bedroom suite, so Heather designated that area on plan to house a gym with a climbing wall. She then ditched the idea of a dining room, in favor of a deep upholstered niche and shuffleboard table open to the kitchen and family room.

Curved, Wicker Armchair

The elevated deck features all-weather wicker furniture as well as comfy, upholstered seating to accommodate plenty of guests for parties.

Curved Wicker Swings

A pair of curved and cushioned wicker swings offer a place to sit back and relax on the elevated, lakeside deck.

View of Swings & Dining Area on Elevated, Lakeside Deck

Many of the residential properties on this lake have ​a boat dock. The Houghtons bought two lots, making room for a boat dock AND a second "party deck" (this was their wish, in two words!). So HGID designed this as a floating lounge, literally - comfy upholstered seating areas with a huge TV, swimming dock (they're wake boarding fanatics) and wet bar complete with a kegerator (they're fanatical for beer). Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there. We're told the lake is a jet ski drag strip on the weekends, so good spectator seating!

Saltwater Pool & Spa Overlooks Lake Gaston

A stunning saltwater pool and spa offers a place to relax and take in the lake views. Steps away, a floating lounge with a wet bar and plenty of seating is perfect for entertaining.

Neutral Rustic Living Room With Blue Sofa

This lake cabin's cozy living room features a rustic stone fireplace and plenty of comfortable seating. The pale grays and blues of the sofa, armchairs and ottoman are a soothing accompaniment to the dark rug and wood floors.

Neutral Transitional Bedroom With Fur Throw

Help a neutral bedroom feel lush and luxurious by layering in textures and rich natural tones. Here, the bed is upholstered with a heathered gray fabric. Silky linens, a mix of accent pillows and a faux fur throw are added on top.

Neutral Bedroom With Graphic Chaise

Dark orange, purple and red pair with the chocolate browns in this upper floor bedroom adding warmth and texture to the space. The tall rectangular center window helps to draw the eye upward.

Shelf With Vase and Mirror

At the top of this stairwell, a narrow shelf is just right for a vase full of flowers and a few of nature's treasures.

Driftwood Console Table and Horse Art

Pieces of driftwood are used as striking accent pieces throughout this home, here, as a console table in a hallway. The light walls and white horse artwork give an added breeziness to the space.

Neutral Rustic Great Room With Driftwood Table

Driftwood makes the base of the petite dining table at the heart of this home's great room, paired with sleek white chairs. The open concept layout of the space allows for easy flow between meal prep and entertaining.

Neutral Coastal Foyer With Round Mirror

On this small foyer wall, rectangular shelves, a round mirror, oval vases and baskets combine to make a dynamic geometric display. The driftwood table punctuates the space with texture.

Wood Bathroom Vanity and Trio of Mirrors

Instead of the standard single mirror above the bathroom vanity, this powder room features three stacked on top of each other in a move that add visual height and interest.

Stairwell With Antler Art

The white walls of this stairwell become the ideal place to show off art. The textured, graphic pattern stair runner adds dimension underfoot.

Blue Transitional Bedroom With Upholstered Bed

Pale blue, brown and gray wash over this serene bedroom creating a fresh, clean and neutral palette. To add dimension, the designers layered in different fabrics on the bed and window treatments.

Shuffleboard Table and Upholstered Niche

Instead of a dining room, the designers of this lakeside cabin in North Carolina paired a deep upholstered niche with a shuffleboard table and left the space open to the kitchen and family room.

Black Tiled Shower With Pebble Floor

A waterfall showerhead, a window that opens outward, and a pebbled floor make this shower feel like an enchanted woodland glen. Vertical tiles on the wall add visual height to the small corner space.