Lake Cottage Living in South Carolina

Riding public transport in the heat of summer, I often lose myself in interior design and home deco magazines, contemplating tranquility at a perfectly decorated cottage. These magazines depict perfect lake houses, summer houses, and beach cottages, decorated to pure perfection. Instagrammable, millennials would call it. Imagining myself being in one of these places causes an instant rush of bliss and comfort.

Well, turns out I am a very lucky girl. This picture-perfect lake cottage does exist in my boyfriend’s family. It is situated at a quiet lake in the US state of South Carolina and celebrates calmness and relaxation in its purest form. His family acquired a run-down house in 2001 and in the past years turned it into a little piece of heaven on earth. Together, they have transformed this cottage into what it is today – a gorgeous hideaway far from bustling city life and stressful jobs. So, in July my life ran on lake-time and I restored my soul.



Interior Design by Lyne-Andrée Benoit

Construction by Patrick Ossowski

Photography by Melanie Pfeffer

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  • Reply
    July 28, 2015 at 14:03

    Dear Mel, just one word: WOW!
    I love your Blogging style!

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      The Voyagette
      September 22, 2015 at 17:19

      Wow, thank you so very much for the kind comment. It means the world to me. Just getting into blogging here and love that it sends out a positive vibe. Maybe you want to follow my instagram: @thevoyagette

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    Donna Ludwig
    July 28, 2015 at 20:47

    As usual, gorgeous photography that portrays this blissful place perfectly. I am fortunate to have been a guest and hope to be many more times. Lyne herself took a sunrise picture on Friday that was “Melanie-worthy”. Ask her to send it to you if she hasn’t already. So glad we got to share some special time with you and Yael in this little piece of heaven.

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      The Voyagette
      September 22, 2015 at 17:18

      Thank you so so much, Donna. Your sweet words mean a lot to me. Trying to get the hang of wordpress, sorry for the late reply.

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    Melissa Fassett
    July 29, 2015 at 13:12

    Absolutely beautiful! !! Thanks to Catherine for sharing!!! Lynne is in the wrong business! Interior Design is a Must!

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      The Voyagette
      September 22, 2015 at 17:17

      Dear Melissa, thanks so much for your kind words. I will pass along the compliments to Lynne – she truly is in the wrong business. Best, Melanie

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    October 27, 2015 at 11:52

    Lovely cottage ! You are lucky but as a Southerner myself in Austria, I am also finding some beautiful lakes here as well.

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      The Voyagette
      October 27, 2015 at 11:54

      Austria has amazing lakes – that cottage is a gem though! Where in the South are you from? 🙂

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        October 27, 2015 at 11:57

        I can imagine!
        Atlanta, but spent 5 years in Charleston before coming to Vienna! 🙂

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          The Voyagette
          October 27, 2015 at 11:58

          Wow! Charleston is so stunning – I loved it there. Maybe our paths will cross sometime here in Vienna 🙂

          • Emily M. K.
            October 27, 2015 at 12:03

            No bad things to say about Charleston or Vienna. Yes, would be great. Found your blog anyways from your post in Women in Vienna !

          • The Voyagette
            October 27, 2015 at 12:12

            Ah cool! I’m happy you like it! Means a lot

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