Iowa’s Great Lakes are in Northwest Iowa and West Lake Okoboji is the largest spring water fed lake in the group. The water looks like this –
Nice and clean for a lake and very desirable to live on. From lakeside this is Connie and Roy’s house. The original cottage was dubbed “the house of work” by Connie ‘s three boys – haha!
I started taking pictures as soon as I parked my car. Isn’t this an enticing entry?
When I got there Roy was mowing the lawn.
Connie’s gardening touch is evident here, too. When you look thru the glass door you can see through to the lake- I love that feature.
Dining and living room.
Betty was glad to see me.
A Cherie Saffiote wall quilt in the kitchen.
The master bedroom is on the ground level with a door out to the porch.
The low cabinet in front of the tall one is there temporarily. Just off to the left is a porch where Connie sews.
There are plans to winterize this porch and make it part of the house with heat in the floor and new windows. It would be a cozy place to sew in cold weather, wouldn’t it?
Just this spring they have had contractors working in the basement. A small kitchen will be added as well as a living room, bedroom, storeroom, workroom and two bathrooms with linen closets and clothes closets. You’d have to be on the tour to follow this new construction but see all these walls and ceilings? Connie has painted this entire basement, every single room and closet as well as ceiling 3 – let me say that again -THREE – coats!!!!!! It looks impossible to me!
And all you’re seeing here is the living room/kitchen area!
On to the upstairs – this quilt hangs in the stairway.
Landing at the top of the stairs.
Two of the three bedrooms.
Downstairs is an activity/art room that Connie says doesn’t get used much because all the kids want to do their art in the dining room where everyone else is – so typical.
Heading outside to the lake. Houses are close together because lots are typically narrow. Running feet on the lake used to be $10,000 per foot and that was years ago – don’t know what it is today – certainly more than that.
Sitting area at the top – Okoboji has very high banks in so many of the areas.
We take the elevator down to the dock. Betty doesn’t think a thing of getting on with us!.
A landing to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.
We return to the top via the elevator and since I’m not fond of heights, I dared to take this photo looking down.
Walking back around the house I noticed the other neighbor has put her ponytail palms outside and they’re beautiful!
And as we returned to the backyard I took pictures of the landscaping.
And that concludes our tour. We left to go for lunch – it was a Saturday in summer and this is what the traffic around the lake is like.
We ate lunch at a place on the lake called The Okoboji Store and I was evidently so anxious to eat that I forgot to take pictures. After lunch we went to several antique malls and gift shops. In the first antique mall I spied these black dolls like we used to make years and years ago when primitive country was just getting popular.
On to the Barn Swallow which used to be our favorite home dec store but has now changed into kids toys, books, costumes, games and artwork, towels, adult books, picture books AND there are always a couple cats in residence as rescues. I love that the owners do this – there’s a cat room that they spend the night in but during business hours they roam the store in hopes of someone falling in love with them and taking them home.
I think this guy’s name was Teddy.
I really loved both of these pieces of art but where would I hang them?
I was so tempted to buy some books but contained myself.
Back to Connie’s house and a trip to the bathroom before taking off. This quilt was on the wall
And this rug was on the floor. I made this rug for Connie years ago, maybe when the house was new, and it still looks great. Should we make a rug this summer? Anybody in?
Such a fun day and Connie graciously hauled me around to all the places I remember from years ago. Thanks, Connie! I loved it all!