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Check out The Lake House

By Pamela A. Keene
 
There’s a new furniture and interior décor store in town that has brought together the charm of the East, as in India, and the wisdom of upcycling. The Lake House, located in Cumming at 4910 Browns Bridge near Publix at Ga. 400, is bringing a new style of home furnishings to Northeast Georgia for lake houses, mountain homes and houseboats.
 
A sideboard made of distressed colorful doors converts to a compact, utilitarian barware and liquor cabinet with room for wine storage, glasses and bar accessories. A large natural-colored armoire with remnants of chalk-white paint creates extra storage in a guest room or dining area. A cabinet featuring glass-front doors with hand-rubbed finishes provides a place for books that doubles as a side table. 
 
“When my business partner and I saw this amazing furniture on a buying trip to India last year, we knew we had to bring it to Georgia and the South,” said Judy Beard, partner in The Lake House furniture store. “And then, one day when I was driving near the lake, I found the perfect location in a white house on Browns Bridge Road in Cumming. Everything just came together.” 
 
Beard, who holds a degree in interior design from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, spent the greater part of her career as a flight attendant for American Airlines. She also kept her hand in interior design on a small scale and kept abreast of market shows and trends. 
 
Five years ago, she met her business partner Charlie Metz, a long-time furniture importer and the two decided to go into business together, blending his import experience with her background in design. “When Charlie and I saw this furniture, we both realized how perfect it would be for lake and mountain homes. And, it’s so eclectic it is great for freshening the look of a guest room, a living area or any other part of a home.”
 
Pieces range from island tables and consoles to weathered-looking trunks and chests of drawers. Rustic folding Indian wedding tables can provide extra seating for impromptu gatherings. For decorating decks, patios and outdoor spaces, The Lake House offers a wide range of dock pilings decorated with rope. 
 
Nautical items are a major theme, from art and buoys to prints and certain pieces of furniture and accessories that can blend with maritime décor. 
 
“They’re all made of reclaimed, upcycled natural woods from all over the world, and they’re constructed in India,” she said. “Each piece has a distinctive look, creating a warm and friendly feel to a room. They work well as accent pieces or as a focal point for a whole room.”
 
The store also offers lamps, rugs, sheets and towels, bedspreads and throw pillows bringing in textures and patterns representing international cultures. Beard has already begun scouting local artists with varied styles of 2- and 3-dimensional works to offer at the store. 
 
“Part of our focus will be showcasing distinctive local pieces by area artists because there are very few places that offer them a showcase for their work,” she said. Beard said that she and Metz will continue to source pieces from international markets to keep the store’s inventory up-to-date.
 
“We are so excited to bring this furniture to the South, and provide people with more options for adding character to their homes,” she said. “I’m really hoping people will stop by and see what we have. It’s really not like anything else they can find in this area.”
 
The Lake House is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., as well as by appointment by calling 678 361-8423.


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