Betsy Glass and her husband bought this lakeside charmer in 2012. Already Betsy could picture it becoming her dream home.

It was a model home before, so the walls were bare and plain, and the front yard was just dirt.

Betsy, a landscaper and interior designer by trade, looked forward to the opportunity to make her own cottage feel like home.

Blue bungalow with a big white front porch and a garage at the side. All surrounded by a white picket fence at this lakeside charmer.

Working her way from the outside in, she made the cottage into a unique and refreshing cottage retreat they call the “Sleep Inn.”

The home sits in a forested lakeside area in Michigan.

An entry with an old bench just inside the door.

These letters are made from pieces of vintage tin whipped cream cans, adding color and a fun, retro vibe.

The bench in the entryway is made of reclaimed barn wood.

A beige sisal rug lays just inside the door.

A tan sectional and a homemade coffee table

The color scheme, with warm tans and light blue, echoes the natural surroundings and keeps the room light.

A local vendor created the coffee table using vintage windows for the sides and reclaimed barn wood for the top.

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A kitchen with a bar and industrial style stools. A bucket of sunflowers is on top of the bar.

While the kitchen feels somewhat industrial, the vintage-style white pitcher and wooden cabinets continue the earthy feel.

The large metallic letters that spell “Food” add a playful touch.

The white porcelain fixture is a vintage gas station light Betsy bought on eBay.

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A makeshift bar with liquor and nautical decor. Blackboard paint covers the front of the drawers.

Betsy converted a buffet cabinet into a wine storage cabinet.

She painted the drawers with chalk paint so she could write the names of the various wines they have on hand.

The wine glass with corks along with a coral lamp add a fun and cozy touch.

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A bathroom with a distressed table and a small table with towels

Betsy used a pallet and stenciled “Vintage Chanel Baby” on it to use as whimsical wall decor.

A bed with a farmhouse style headboard and a bench at the end

The focal point of the master bedroom is the reclaimed barn door headboard. There are functioning barn lights on either side.

Betsy made the side tables herself. She cut a wooden sawhorse in two and topped each half with reclaimed wood.

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A bed with striped bedding and boho pillows and a sign that says Guest Cottage

A striped accent chair and table

The guest room packs a punch of energy thanks to citrus accents.

More weathered wall signs give the room the vintage accents found throughout the house.

A screened porch with distressed table and chairs

The enclosed patio is the best of both inside and out.

Betsy made the table herself, painted it with milk paint, and distressed it for a weathered feel.

This lakeside charmer has a fire pit where people gather at this lakeside charmer

The fire pit in the backyard is lined with rocks from the beach.

It provides a cozy place to sit with a glass of wine to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.

A place to hang beach towels and nautical decor

Towels hang from a homemade wood hanger with pieces of jute to hang them from. The wood hanger is made from varying sizes of scrap wood.

Bicycle with wicker basket attached

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  1. Very nice place! 👌
    Everything is easy living.
    When we get into our ((or even before!)) senior years, cleaning is just another pain. So simple is best.
    Not a fan of beige, tans & browns. Just too dull for my eyes.
    Love ❤ blues, greens & definitely whites!
    These days ppl are overdoing the grays.
    I can understand the reasons though.
    A no thinking color.
    On the other hand, there are really a lot of pretty grays.
    Nice 😃 weekend folks!

  2. I have been in Lakeside Michigan and it is a cute little town and beautiful trees and of course the beach and lake Michigan within walking distance to most of the homes there. Betsy place is so cute. Love all she did to make it cozy and inviting. Sleep Inn is a perfect name for it too. xoxo

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