Johnsons discovered the large metal fish hanging above the
door in northern Wisconsin at an antique store. "Itís
just a whimsical little thing we put up for fun," says
Johnson. A cut Lannon stone path leads from the bridge to the
house. "Itís an indigenous stone we bought here
locally," says Johnson. Itís a random pattern
continuing the informality of the space.
Kent and Heidi
Johnsonís home is a small piece of paradise on Lac La Belle. The
couple updated the former 1940s cottage, originally owned by Heidiís
great-grandfather Henry Nagy, into their year-round residence.
to create a park-like setting with walks all the way around the
house," says Kent Johnson. "Jim Kinnard was our landscape
architect and helped us create the vision for the property."
Living on a lake
can be colder in the spring and fall, so the couple created areas
surrounding the home where they can relax and enjoy the outdoors at
different times of the year. "It really provides a nice
transition from the inside to the outside with the decks and the way
they are positioned," he says.
architect who owns Johnson Design Inc. in Oconomowoc, describes his
home as a relaxed lake style. "The landscape complements it. Itís
not formal in any way," he explains.
definitely adds to the informal lifestyle. The home is surrounded on
three sides by water, adding to the vacation feel of the special
intimate table for two on a secluded covered porch is a quiet
spot for cocktails or a cup of coffee. The western exposure
allows for the warm afternoon sun to greet guests. The Johnsons
grow grapes on the arbor covering the area and make their own
jelly from the harvest.
truly get the feeling of being away from it all after walking
across a 70-foot long steel bridge to reach the house, which is
located on an island. The bridge was built by Heidiís
great-grandfather in the 1940s. Besides arriving by boat, itís
the only way to access the home.
patio located lakeside is a favorite place for the Johnsons to
entertain their guests. Tall hollyhocks add a whimsical feel to
the area, which is paved in brick. An abundance of flowering
plants provide plenty of color to the outdoor space.