Colorful Character

Happy hues define this high-energy home on Walloon Lake // Photography by Glass Lakes Photography
The exterior (street view) color of the Granata home was chosen to echo the color of Walloon Lake, says Birmingham based interior designer Cynthia Evans.

When she was asked to help create a glorious summer home in Boyne City on Walloon Lake, Cynthia Evans, owner of Cynthia Evans Interiors in Birmingham, already had a head start. Having worked with clients Pam and Bob Granata on multiple projects, the designer was well aware of Pam’s exuberant passion for color and pattern. “She wanted to have a home on a lake, not a lake home,” Evans says about her client’s sophisticated style, which invigorates each space.

“(The homeowners) wanted to have a home on a lake, not a lake home,” designer Evans says of the Grantas’ home. The three-story design accommodates large crowds.

Colorful art led the way for the lively palette used in the 9,500-square-foot new-build situated on a scenic waterfront lot. An abstract graphic from Troy’s Michigan Design Center, displayed in the foyer, became a jumping-off point, with shades of yellow, blue, and pink that pop against the crisp white walls and dark wood floors. Further inspiration came from an oil painting in the great room made by Pam’s college sorority sister; the piece features gorgeous hues of pink and aqua that echo the changing colors of the lake.

The living room painting inspired the design of the room, and the area rug mirrors the painting’s flower petals.

The sky-blue exterior of the three-story structure, with an architectural nod to New England, speaks to the lakefront setting and sends a cheerful message that extends inside. “Overall, the interiors are traditional in style, with unexpected pops of color and a nod to mod,” says Evans, referring to refreshing elements like the custom-sized raspberry shag rug in the great room that lends color and texture in spades. “It exudes a vibrant personality, like Pam — it’s happy, fresh, bright, and cheery. People love that rug, and everyone loves that it’s so soft.”

The dining room has a softer palette

A pair of pink upholstered benches by the stone fireplace accommodate the couple’s frequent guests, who can also congregate on the lower level and the spacious deck. “There’s plenty of seating and it’s a great place to entertain,” Evans says. Bursts of pink provide an element of surprise, while the dark wood ceiling highlights the coffered details. The textured fabric on the chairs shares the same aqua color with the sofas, which are upholstered in another fabric.

The counter chairs’ leopard print complements the glass tile backsplash and the aqua

Pam’s penchant for pink isn’t at all limiting; it plays well with other colors, like the green walls in her husband’s home office, which pay homage to his alma mater (Michigan State University). Green also appears on the stools in the kitchen, repeating one of the colors in the abstract graphic that got the visual ball rolling. White Shaker-style cabinets with beadboard details provide contrast, along with the aqua-colored island and the glass subway-tile backsplash.

In the dining area, whitewashed wood furniture strikes a subtle note alongside animal print upholstery and a crystal light fixture above. A screened porch provides a bonus spot on one end of the expansive deck.

The hallway to a guest suite is in whites, which were chosen to create “a calming transition,” Evans says.

Blue wallpaper with a floral motif perks up the powder room, while a bold pattern makes a splash in the master bathroom against the white countertop, cabinets, and trim. Cozy as could be, the main-floor master bedroom gets a comfort boost from an upholstered bed and an acrylic bench topped with faux fur. Mirrored nightstands add symmetry to the soothing space, which features pale blue walls and overlooks the deck and the breathtaking lake.

The master bedroom features shades of aqua and white.

On the lower-level walkout, a comfortable sectional offers a place to chill. The lower level also includes a guest bedroom, as well as a colorful bathroom that sports green-and-pink floral wallpaper. Other convenient features of this quintessential vacation home include a three-car garage, a boat garage, and a fire pit near steps leading down to the lake.

Pink, aqua, and white result in a perky palette for the home’s master bath.

Evans says she enjoyed working with Pam on the distinctive details. “It’s a very collaborative relationship,” she says. The feeling is mutual, says Pam, who loves making the selections that Evans turns into a cohesive whole. For this project, Pam envisioned a more elegant aesthetic than the nautical or cottage décor often associated with a lakefront dwelling, and she says her husband has become accustomed to her vibrant style. Besides, she adds: “Pink is the new black. Men are wearing pink shirts and ties.” She likes the bright, energetic feel the hue conveys, and wanted to create that type of atmosphere in their home.

A colorful painting in the foyer was the inspiration for the home’s palette. “It was so much fun to work on such a bright and preppy project. Most of my clients are less inclined to embrace this much color!” Evans says.

With three daughters in college, entertaining is a given come summertime, and Pam says people have been known to fall asleep on the plush rug in the great room. The response to the couple’s dynamic environment has been overwhelmingly positive. “The house is extremely well-designed, just the way it flows and the functionality,” Pam says. To make sure the space is perfect for years to come, the architect incorporated little nursery rooms inside the bedrooms, for potential grandkids.

A unique and inviting persepctive of the home includes the kitchen on the left, living room in the center, and foyer on the right.

While people drive by on boats and wave, those who enter the home know they can expect visual stimulation indoors as well as out by the lake. “I love how great it is for entertaining, and we can sleep so many people,” says Pam, who loves hosting family and friends — which is never a problem, with five spare bedrooms including a guest suite that can sleep six. Finally, she says she treasures the location: “I just love it. Walloon Lake is so tranquil and the house feels that way, too.”

The lower-level family room features a gray sectional and chair that play off the stone fireplace. “Art and pillow fabrics bring the playful blues of the exterior and first floor into this space,” Evans says.


Cynthia Evans, Cynthia Evans Interiors, Birmingham,

Cabinetry – Stillwater Custom Cabinetry, Petoskey
Mirror – Uttermost
Wall Treatment –Thibaut, Cochin, Pink, Rozmallin, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Bedside Chests – Butler Specialty Co.
Headboard – Star International Furniture
Lamps – Port 68
Occasional Table – Duralee, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Rug – Couristan Inc., Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Sofa – Thibaut, Michigan Design Center, Troy Bench – Decoroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy

Chairs – Custom, By Cynthia Evans Interiors, Birmingham; Scalamandre, Stingray, Surf, Stark, Troy
Chandelier – Crystorama Lighting, Herald Wholesale, Troy
Flooring – Ginivito Flooring Gallery And Tile Design Center, Petoskey
Table – Custom, By Cynthia Evans Interiors, Birmingham

Art – RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Chair – RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Chair, Patterned – Thibaut, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Pillow Fabric – Lee Jofa Racy Lacy, Sky Blue; Brunshwig & Fils Tropico Aqua, Kravet, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Sofa –Century RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Table, Cocktail – Robert Allen/Duralee Michigan Design Center, Troy

Artwork – Girls On Beach Artwork: Decoroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy; Abstract: R.J. Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Rug – Stark, Troy
Sconce – Visual Comfort, Herald Wholesale, Troy
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White, OC-152

Appliances – Wolf, Hawthorne Appliance, Birmingham
Bar Stools – Kravet Inc., Leo Kat, Picnic Green, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Backsplash – Ann Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Cabinetry – Stillwater Custom Cabinetry, Petoskey
Chandeliers – Crystorama Lighting, Herald Wholesale, Troy
Countertops – Quartz, TJ Marble And Granite, Petoskey
Floor Treatment – Ginivito Flooring Gallery And Tile Design Center, Petoskey
Flower Centerpiece – Monarch Garden & Floral Design, Petoskey
Hood – Stillwater Cabinetry, Petoskey
Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore, Super White OC-152

Armchairs – Sherrill Furniture Co., Pindler, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Artwork – Kristin Marco-McNeal, California
Chairs, Patterned – Caracole Home Furniture; Lee Jofa, Big Wave, Beach Blue, Kravet, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Flooring – Ginivito Flooring Gallery And Tile Design Center, Petoskey
Lamps – Port 68, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Occasional Tables – RJ Thomas Ltd., Michigan Design Center, Troy
Ottoman – Fairfield Chair Co., Pindler, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Pillows On Sofa – Lee Jofa, Let’s Cha Cha, Shorely Blue, Kravet, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Rug – Ghiordes Knot, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Sofa – Lee Furniture, Pindler, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Stools, Pink – Lee Furniture, Kravet, Michigan Design Center, Troy
Television – Sony

Builder – Conquest Builders, Charlevoix
Building Materials – Cedar
Paint – Benjamin Moore, Highland Breeze 786 Landscaping – Common Ground Landscapes, Boyne City