Home Tour: See Interior Designer Lisa Sherry’s Modern Lake House

Photo: Courtesy of Brie Williams

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Stringing together juxtapositions is how interior designer Lisa Sherry creates a serene balance in her remodeled lakeside home.

Sherry’s design style also takes shape in her lifestyle, as she balances weekdays in Third Ward with weekends in her lake house.

Who: Sherry was born in Iowa and spent years in Minneapolis before coming to North Carolina, which she now calls home. She left a successful career in photo styling and set design to open her interior design practice, Lisa Sherry Interiors in 2005.

  • She tells me that her mother always thought she would grow up to be a teacher. But even though she’s not in a classroom, Sherry says she teaches people how to combine designs with her opposite design style.
  • “I like the idea of ​​continuous learning. I guess I’m still learning and sharing. Maybe that’s what great teachers do! ” she says.

Interior designer Lisa Sherry. Photo: Brie Williams

The House: Sherry gutted the 1996 home in 2020. She removed the walls to create an open floor plan and now has lake views from the kitchen and dining room.

  • During the renovation, she painted the exterior of the 3,227-square-foot home black, so it would “fit in with nature,” she explained.

The open kitchen layout is swathed in white, but the textures of the straw light fixtures and sleek parquet flooring add depth to the space. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

The first floor: A white palette can be seen through the main level which features an open kitchen area, master suite, guest bedroom, two and a half baths, and walls of sliding windows that lead you to the balcony.

  • Sherry removed a small guest bedroom to create an open kitchen that includes a dining table with director’s chairs.
  • She wanted to avoid a cold space, which she says can easily happen with an area bathed in white, but she says her remedy is to combine different elements.
  • “The mix of textures will be key to keeping the space warm,” Sherry said.

Sherry decided to bring more texture to the dining table by using bamboo director chairs. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

Most kitchen items (fridge, freezer and pantry) are hidden behind sleek white cabinets to immerse you in space. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

Matching gray light fixtures deepen the airy space. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

The bedrooms have a calm feel thanks to the use of neutral colors that keep the spaces light and airy. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

The large windows allow plenty of natural light to illuminate the space while the different soft textures throughout the room keep the space cozy. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

The lower level: Sherry calls the lower level of the house the “dark side” because it’s mostly painted black. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a wet bar, and a screened-in patio with water views.

  • This floor is covered with black walls, dark colored furniture and a large black light fixture which makes the style of this space fun and sexy.
  • Sherry says it’s her favorite place to spend winters and evenings with friends.

Using other dark colors, a bamboo bar and a wooden mirror helps shape the piece. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

Black ceilings create a complete experience of darkness. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

Inspiration: Sherry wanted to bring a clean, modern and unpredictable ethos to the lake house.

  • She achieved this by incorporating soulful sensory touches with the modern sophisticated vibe.
  • “I love exploring new ideas, textures, products and approaches in my own homes,” Sherry told Axios.

Placing design magazines on a wooden ladder creates a decoration that easily becomes a conversation starter. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

The method: The connecting piece between two opposite floors chain the details.

  • On each floor, you’ll find pairs of objects that look similar but are actually different when you look closer. For example, the symmetrical floor lamps in the living room on the first floor have different textures and colors.
  • Although the bathrooms on each floor vary between light and dark, they all feature showers printed with textures, patterns, or quotes.
  • Some fixtures in bathrooms are offset by allowing one fixture to be placed next to a mirror while another fixture is positioned on an adjacent wall.

Lisa pushes the boundaries of dark spaces across the bathroom but brightens up the space with subtle color on the textured print shower wall. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

It keeps the overall design perfectly imperfect by offsetting the two fixtures with placement, texture, style, and color. Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

Supplements: While this home looks like the perfect showroom, Sherry includes a homey touch in several spaces to keep it casual.

  • The first floor has a pillar with photos of family and friends who have visited.
  • Sherry has also incorporated a small beach in the yard with sand and lounge chairs to enjoy the view of the lake.

Photos taken by Brie Williams. Courtesy of Lisa Sherry

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