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Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

A wood-burning fireplace, natural elements, mixed woods and inviting seating make this a relaxing spot after a day on the lake

By Kim Ratcliff, Houzz September 20, 2016

This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.

You won’t find a big-screen TV in this living room across the street from Lake Sammamish, near Seattle. That’s because after a day of boating or hiking on nearby trails, the homeowners, who live here year-round, long to stay unplugged reading, playing games, entertaining and snuggling up as a family.

To help strike the active-outdoor-meets-lazy-indoor vibe, designer Katie Cooper Scorse introduced natural elements, layered textures, mixed wood finishes and colors commonly found in the traditional Native American folk art of the Pacific Northwest.

Living Room at a Glance
What happens here: A young family of four, soon to be five, entertains guests, plays games, reads and snuggles by the warmth of the fire
Location: Lake Sammamish, Washington
Size: 352 square feet (32.7 square meters)
Designer: Katie Cooper Scorse of Cooper Studio Interiors

A large upholstered sectional sofa offers an inviting place for family members to hunker down and enjoy a roaring fire after a day on the lake.

LAKE SAMMAMISH

Related: Incorporate a Mix of Natural Materials

Scorse kept the existing fireplace and mantel as-is since the homeowners loved the natural stone veneer, maple mantel and built-in bookcases. She styled the mantel with glass lanterns and a large round mirror to create visual balance with the large fireplace.

Mirror and Lounge II sectional sofa in Cement: Crate & Barrel; Mid Century task floor lamp and Industrial modular media console: West Elm

A Moroccan shag rug layers over wall-to-wall carpeting for more kid-friendliness underfoot. “It’s super comfy and perfect for little toes running around the room,” Cooper says.

Custom pillows are covered in African mud cloth, indigo batik and vintage Hmong tribal patterns that recall Pacific Northwest evergreens.

Fitz end table: Room & Board; Kelley coffee table: One Kings Lane; Moroccan shag rug and coffee table tray: West Elm

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