Inviting and cozy farmhouse style cottage on Minnesota’s Cross Lake

This warm and inviting farmhouse style cottage was created by design-build firm along with , located on Cross Lake, in Crosslake, Minnesota. Encompassing 3,500 square feet of living space with a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms, this is the home of Michelle Fries of BeDe Design, who lives here with her husband, two children and two dogs! This home also includes a small attached guest cottage with one bedroom along with a boathouse. Three of the bedrooms are located upstairs, while the kitchen, dining area and living room are on the main floor with a screened-in porch.

Above: Board and batten siding is painted in Simply White OC-117 | Benjamin Moore, which continues on the walls in the interior of the home.

The kitchen cabinets are painted in Silvery Blue 1647 | Benjamin Moore. The perimeter countertops are Carrara marble, complimented by a butcher-block countertop island, mixing rustic with elegant. Additional highlights includes a red Bertazzoni range, fireclay apron front sink from Rohl, a bridge faucet from Danze and pendant lights sourced from Quoizel. Bamboo Roman shades in the window adds texture to the space.

Above: A custom stained wood ceiling also features rough-sawn beams. The floors are wide-plank reclaimed pine.

What We Love: This farmhouse style cottage offers a warm and inviting atmosphere that begins with the outdoor fish gate, which really sets the tone for the unique home. This special place is perfect for family gatherings, with cozy guest bedrooms and a wonderful wrap-around porch to enjoy throughout the summer. The boathouse is fantastic, we can imagine everyone getting full use out of this space while enjoying summertime fun on the lake!… Readers, please share your thoughts with us on the overall design of this farmhouse style cottage in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at another fabulous home tour that we have featured here on Fitflopsale-Singapore from the portfolio of design-build firm Lands End Development: Dreamy rustic lakeside retreat overlooking Minnesota’s Gull Lake.

Above: The maintain the views of the lake in the living room, the designer dressed the windows with heavy-linen Roman shades. The board and batten walls are painted in Simply White OC-117 | Benjamin Moore, which was thinned out to give it a white-washed aesthetic.

Above: Concealed behind board and batten doors above the brick fireplace is the television. To the right of the fireplace is a built-in bar, perfect for entertaining.

Above: Cozy nooks can be found throughout this home, including this built-in bench seat next to the fireplace. Underneath the seat is hidden storage for audio-visual equipment. Throughout the seasons, the designer creates different looks by switching out the blankets and pillows.


Above: A guest bedroom on the lower level features nickel-spaced butt boards on the walls and stained pine boards on the ceiling. The Jenny Lind bed is from , complimented by an antique blanket. The colorful accent pillows were sourced from Anthropologie.

Above: A second guest bedroom on the lower level features an all-American theme, dressed in white with pops of navy and red.

Above: The screened-in porch provides a light-filled, breezy spot for enjoying meals. Sunbrella window treatments helps to provide shelter from the elements when needed.

Above: Teak chaise lounges with comfortable cushions on the lounging porch provides the perfect spot to enjoy sunsets over the lake while sipping on refreshing drinks.

Above: The back of the farmhouse faces the lake, featuring a wrap-around porch. The left side of the home is the attached guest quarters.

Above: The original boathouse on the property was neglected, so the designer had it rebuilt. The style matches to that of the farmhouse with a few twists. White lap siding is complimented by a red metal roof, which flows with the shades on the porch.

Above: Inside, the boathouse offers a sauna, changing room and a storage room for water toys. The interior materials consists of a mix of leftover barn wood from other projects.

Above: The entry gate features a giant corrugated metal fish, commissioned by local artist . The latch features a giant fish hook. Guests will be charmed upon arrival to this lakeside vacation retreat, fun memories will be created beyond this gate!

Photos: Gridley + Graves Photographers / Rick Hammer

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