Blues and Yellows Warm Up This Couple's Michigan Vacation Home

Designers Marshall Watson and Kate Reid transformed this cozy cottage into a northern European-inspired escape.

marshall watson and kate reid dining room
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Just 15 years old, a vacation house on Lake Michigan gains a nostalgic patina after Marshall Watson and Kate Reid fill it with sunny color, beadboard paneling, wooden jigsaw puzzles, and memories in the making.

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marshall watson and kate reid exterior
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Exterior

The exterior of the house, formerly blue, was repainted in custom shades of coach-house green and white. “It looks more Michigan,” Watson says.

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marshall watson and kate reid living room
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Living Room

In the living room, a pair of club chairs in a floral linen faces a custom sofa in a fabric, and two vintage chairs are covered in a plaid. Rug, .

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marshall watson and kate reid antique chest
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Antique Chest

An antique louvered shutter is displayed above an 1860s French white-oak dresser from , which stores the clients’ collection of hand-carved wooden jigsaw puzzles.

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marshall watson and kate reid wall art
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Wall Art

Bird prints from the owners’ collection hang above a painted bench in a fabric.

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marshall watson and kate reid dining room
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Dining Room

Watson and Reid cozied up the dining room walls with Meadow Sweet, an updated Morris & Co. wallpaper from . Breezy, unlined curtains are in a check. Braided rug, . The limed-oak table is from . Custom pendant, .

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marshall watson and kate reid corner shelves
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Corner Shelves

Dining chairs from have upholstery and tie-on seat cushions in Mistletoe, a hand-embroidered fabric from . Adding color and shimmer to corner shelves are green-and-white plates from local shops and 19th-century handblown glassware from .

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marshall watson and kate reid master bedroom
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Master Bedroom

A crisp cottage feeling prevails in the master bedroom. The faux bamboo king bed was created from antique twin beds found at .

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marshall watson and kate reid reading nook
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Reading Nook

Roller shades in a have a scalloped flange, lending old-world charm; curtains are in a embroidered linen.

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marshall watson and kate reid bunk room
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Bunk Room

In a bunk room, gingham sheets and striped comforters by add to the shipshape vibe. The nickel pendant by the is painted in Old Glory by . In one of the room’s baths hangs a round mirror from .

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This story was originally published in the March 2018 issue of Natipernavigare.

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