Like many people, Sherri Mocker wanted her home to feel like a soothing retreat, the kind of environment that greets you like a beloved grandparent’s hug. For her, these feelings are most associated with the East Coast seashores where she spent her childhood. When she and her husband Jeff built their lakeside home, they infused their piece of Ozarks paradise with Cape Cod style. The end result speaks to the couple’s shared love of sailing and the understated serenity of iconic Atlantic towns like Nantucket and Kennebunkport.
Achieving this vision meant maximizing the property’s prime location on a secluded cove, which provides stunning views of the lake, hills and sunset. As Mocker says, “When I grew up in New England, even when it was cold we had places where we could look out at the water. We could snuggle in with blankets and still enjoy [the view].” So the structure features many windows, which illuminate the home with natural light and keep the outdoor beauty front and center. And it offers intimate, “niche-y” spaces where someone can cozy up on their own, a common feature in New England.
The Mockers collaborated with Cindy Love of Cindy Love Interiors to outfit their dream home in beach-inspired furnishings and designs. On the main level, Love focused on nautical elements, such as weathered wood, along with navy accents and clever touches, like a ceiling fan with blades made from sailcloth. Upstairs, Love doubled down on the energy of a shore-side stroll, bringing soft blues and greens—the colors of sea glass—into peaceful living spaces.
And it worked. “When I come home, it truly feels like my home,” Mocker says. “It makes me feel like I’m back home with my grandparents.”