Lake Home Living
Mike and Mary McClain’s log home on Table Rock Lake provides A rustic, relaxing weekend retreat.
Mike and Mary McClain have been vacationing at Table Rock Lake since their kids, who are now 36 and 40 years old, were little. The couple used to spend their weekends as renters at Shell Knob’s Rod’n Reel Resort. But things changed in 1990. “Mike was out fishing in a cove, and he saw them putting up a for-sale sign on the property,” says Mary. Shortly after the house was put on the market, the McClains bought their first Table Rock Lake home. In 1993, they purchased the land next to the lake home. Mike and Mary, who live in Leawood, Kansas, continued to visit the old lake home every weekend until five years ago, when their 4,000-square-foot log cabin was completed on the neighboring property.
Built by Timberoc Construction, the house boasts an open floor plan with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a bar, a wine cellar and a large deck. And Mary turned it into a rustic retreat with furnishings and accessories, including a dining room set, bar stools, coffee tables and chandeliers, custom-made by Judie and Roger Sommer of Shell Knob’s Bears to Chairs Gallery. She also had the help of Jacqueline Sommer Pitts, an interior designer at Brashears Furniture. In addition to natural-themed accessories, deer, fish and other taxidermy that belong to Mike, an avid hunter and fisherman, also decorate the space. And more than the house itself, the couple loves the lake. “Most of our time is on the deck or the dock,” Mary says.
Both Mike and Mary enjoy cooking, and they cook at home much more often than they go out to dinner. “We wanted a lot of room in here, so we weren’t in each other’s way,” Mary says. “We actually have two sinks, which works great.” The space features custom cherry cabinetry and granite-topped counters, plus an extended island bar that features Arkansas moss rock.
The home’s open floor plan allows the kitchen to connect with the neighboring great room, a combination dining room, sitting area and living room. The fireplace is made of Arkansas moss rock and features a painting by Mike’s great aunt that served as inspiration for the space’s décor. The room also features many deer killed by Mike, who hunts all across the country, and a bass he caught in Table Rock Lake. White pine beams complete the rustic look, and sofas from Brashears Furniture provide a perfect spot to sit and take in views of Table Rock Lake.
Mike and Mary refer to the home’s lower level as Mike’s man cave. The space features a bar, a sitting area and a card table. “We like to play pitch and Scrabble,” Mary says. The space also features a wine cellar. “He is a wine connoisseur,” Mary says about Mike. The downstairs is also home to guest bedrooms, from which guests say they get some of the best views of Table Rock Lake.
The master bedroom connects to the deck, where the couple likes to enjoy coffee and take in gorgeous Table Rock Lake views. Unlike the neighboring great room’s wood floors, the space features carpet. “I’ve always thought that carpet made bedrooms feel warmer,” Mary says. The bed features custom bedding from Brashears Furniture, and the connected master bathroom features a walk-in shower and a jetted tub.