Kristin Lenz shares more of her collections in her weekly Vintage Must Haves series. This post is all about items perfect for lake houses, cottages and cabins, man caves or kids’ bedrooms.
Lake house decor isn’t just for the lake house. It can look amazing wherever you live and in any style of home. So many of these items have practical uses as well as being beautiful just on display.
I think fishing creels are works of art. The weaving and the leather work make each one unique. They can be used in so many ways to accessorize your home. You can hang a grouping of them over a stair rail. Hang one in a gallery wall grouping or display one on a bookshelf. They even look beautiful filledwith flowers. You can see more ideas on my Fish Camp Pinterest board.
Paddles & Oars
Incorporating vintage paddles and oars into your decor is a great way to add height to your styling. I love using them inside and outside or home. They work great hanging on the wall as a curtain rod or towel rack. You can take several of them lined up together to make a beautiful headboard. See more ideas in this post. You can also see how my friends and I had a fun DIY day painting old paddles here.
Old boats like canoes and rowboats can be used to make bookshelves or hang on the wall. You can turn them into a bed or suspend from the ceiling. However they are used, they are a conversation piece in any space. This old boat turned bookcase is one of our favorite pieces of furniture in our home. We found it at Roughing it in Style.
I love collecting old minnow buckets and use them for a variety of things. I have one filled with extra toilet paper rolls in my son’s bathroom. I fill them with flowers like mums in the Fall and Poinsettias and Christmas. They work to hold beverages or snacks. They even look great stacked up on display in a corner.
Another fun thing I always have my eye out for are old sporting magazines. They look great setting out on the coffee table or framed on the wall.
There are so many charming styles of shutters hanging on cabins and cottages around The Northwoods. You can often find old shutters in antique shops and they work great to use as wall art or headboards. I found the cutest pine tree shutters at a local shop this year and used them on my mantel for Christmas. See more here.
Soda Crates are another versatile vintage item. They look great just stacked together on display or can be used for a practical purpose. I have a friend that uses them to keep her pantry pretty and organized. I use them all the time when entertaining as a carrying tray or I line them with seasonal napkins to hold snacks or dips. See tons of amazing ideas on my Vintage Soda Crate Pinterest Board.
I began collecting flashlights a few years ago when I started noticing how unique they were at antique shops. I can usually find them under $10. My favorite way to display them is with my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys or with my Scouting collections. I also have some lined up on a shelf in my son’s room.
Books are one of my favorite things to collect and vintage titles with boating or swimming make great additions to my decor.
I have a thing for old red lanterns. When I find them at a good price they will come home with me! I have a few blue ones and would like a few black ones, but red are my favorite. They are used so many places around my house all year long.
I found these fish dishes at a local shop and love how they mix and match into my placesettings.
See more vintage lake house decor ideas HERE.