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BOATHOUSES ARE A COM­MON sight along Wis­con­sin’s shore­lines. But few are as invit­ing as this 480-square-foot con­struc­tion on Pe­wau­kee Lake.

The in­te­rior of the one-room stun­ner, at the hands of Jes­sica Jube­lirer of Jes­sica Jube­lirer In­te­rior De­sign, blurs the line be­tween out­side and in. Barn-style doors on the lake side slide open to re­veal the lake and the fam­ily’s pri­vate pier. On an­other wall, half-doors al­low gen­tle breezes in or frame a view.

Guided by a vi­sion for a “fun, whim­si­cal, nau­ti­cal place for peo­ple to gather,” Jube­lirer “wanted the ar­chi­tec­ture of the space to meld with the orig­i­nal house that’s on the prop­erty.”

French blue and crisp white hues in the sofa, area rugs and throw pil­lows evoke the seashore, while a sky­light and port­hole win­dows that re­call ship life flood the house with nat­u­ral light.

Sim­ple roll-up shades in a lake-in­spired blue con­tinue the theme. A twin Edi­son-bulb light fix­ture above the two blue so­fas casts a soft glow. All fab­rics are in­door-out­door ap­pro­pri­ate and fam­ily friendly.

“We go down there and read a lot,” says the home­owner, “and the kids hang out there with their friends. To be on the wa­ter and out of the sun is lovely.”

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