A Truly Livable Show House: Lake Keowee by Beth Webb Interiors

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The designers describe this Lake Keowee home as “definitely not your typical lake house” — it is, in fact, the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2008 Designer Show House by Beth Webb Interiors. The designers go on to say, “The Reserve at Lake Keowee in and of itself is an exceptional setting…no matter which direction you look, you will not be disappointed.” Playing off the surroundings was one of the challenges here; one of the other challenges? The owners’ “three very small and active little boys.” Now, this is a house and setting that any little boys would love — one look through the windows of the fabulous porch, with its hanging swings as seating, will tell you that. But what to do for Mom and Dad? The answer was a private “retreat”: a master suite with a unique curtained wall.

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When the curtains are drawn, the room feels like a cocoon, with luxury wrapped around you; the master bathroom continues that ambience with restful tones of deep brown in the flooring, wood grain cabinets, and fixtures that make you feel as if you’re in a spa. When the curtains are open, of course, the bedroom has the same “open” feel that the rest of the house does ¬— also by design (literally). The kitchen is a mix of sea blue, wood grain, and white, mimicking the natural colors around it; large windows and doors open up the dining space to the outdoors, as does the two-story glass next to the stairwell. Upholstery is cushy, the style casually elegant, achieving the aim of livability — what matters when the “show” part of a “show house” is past.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).