Discover the Perfect Lake House Retreat at Lake Martin

The Lummis family’s search for a home at Lake Martin ended with the very first house they viewed.

Lake Martin living room
“We wanted a place that we could all enjoy,” says Barbara of the house she and her husband Greg purchased for themselves and their three grown children. The open floor plan connects to the screened porch and deck, providing the family with plenty of gathering spots. Photography by JEAN ALLSOPP

Real estate agents see hundreds of homes every year. Because of their easy access to properties both in person and online, they have a pretty good idea of what is available that would fit the needs and wants of each client. And when house hunting for themselves, they have an even better idea.

A lake house was on the wish list for ARC real estate agent Barbara Lummis, husband Greg, and their family. When this Lake Martin property popped up, Barbara knew it was “the one” in an instant. “I never even looked at another house in person,” she says. “This one had everything we all wanted.”

The house checked all the boxes, including its location on the Dadeville side—just a 30-minute drive from Auburn, the entire family’s alma mater—and its square footage that offered plenty of room for all three of the Lummises’ grown children (and more family, later). Plus it had already been renovated by the previous owners, so it was move-in ready.

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The only thing it lacked? Furniture. “We didn’t have anything to bring from our home, so we had to find everything” Barbara says. She called in decorator Lauren Conner, a longtime friend who is well tuned in to Barbara’s style. “She knows that I love anything blue and beachy, and she easily created that mood,” Barbara says.

Screened porch with stunning views on Lake Martin house.
Perched on a hillside, the home takes in sweeping views of the Sandy Creek area of Lake Martin. Joe Ellis of Dwelling Architecture renovated the home for the previous owners. The porch was later screened by TCC Contractors for the Lummises. Lauren outfitted the space with weather-resistant furnishings. A fireplace opposite the lake views makes this spot a favorite year-round.
Lake Martin game room
An upstairs TV and game room makes for a fun retreat on rainy days.

Using a range of blues as accent colors—navy, royal, peacock, denim, and sky—punctuated with just enough pops of red, Lauren brought an assembly of mostly neutral upholstery and finishes to life. Pillows, drapery, bedding, artwork, and even the monogrammed napkins stay true to the scheme. Graphic designs, polka dots, and stripes, all in varying scales, push and pull the eye across the rooms to the vast lake views beyond. And while the house certainly shines, the real star is outside. “Not only is the house perfect, the views are incredible,” says Barbara.

Lake Martin bedroom
Lauren deferred to each of the Lummises’ children when decorating their rooms. This one belongs to one of the sons.
updated bathroom at Lake Martin
Rooms had already been freshly painted by the previous owners. The only change to any wall was the addition of the striped wallpaper in the powder bath.

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