Colleen DiFonzo-Lewis is no stranger to designing homes. After all, the owner of CDL Decor has designed plenty of spaces. So when it came time for the Houston resident to plan her own lakeside summer home in Bratenahl, she knew exactly what she wanted.
Looking to escape the Texas heat, and prepared with plenty of notes she had taken at open houses during the hunt for her family’s summer home, she worked with architect Charles Fazio to design the new-build on the last available lakeside lot in the gated Lakehurst community. The result was exactly what she wanted: A casual space made for enjoying picnics and cocktails with her husband and two boys while taking in the views of Lake Erie.
“It’s light, airy and calming,” says DiFonzo-Lewis. “You just feel relaxed when you’re there. The inspiration was the water and the view and how we can maximize that.”
Drawing on those views and abundant natural light thanks to plentiful windows, the home has an upscale coastal vibe that enhances that vacation feeling by bringing the hues of the lake and natural elements indoors.