Lake Living Defined: Jason Lenox of Anteks Home Offers Advice on Second Home Decor

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Decorating a second home can present some unique challenges, says Jason Lenox of Anteks.

Now that you have your sought-after weekend retreat on Cedar Creek Lake, what are you going to put in it? Bought a home away from home in Boot Ranch? What do you hang on the walls? Acquired a ski home in Aspen? What is your design inspiration?

Decorating a second home is a huge challenge, especially for those who want a place that feels comfortable and easy without all the fuss of shopping for just the right arm chair, carpet, dining set, linens …  Eeeeeesh. Seems overwhelming, right?

If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to read on to get some sage advice from veteran vacation home interior designer Jason Lenox. Not only does he own two successful home decor stores — Anteks Home in the Dallas Design District and Anteks Curated in the Plaza at Preston Center — but he designs warm, sophisticated, rustic interiors for vacation homes near and far.

IMG_6839 (1)web What are some unique challenges you encounter when furnishing and decorating a vacation home?

Jason Lenox: These properties are oftentimes far away.  Make sure you measure everything and take photos when you’re at the vacation home to reference when you’re back home.

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Choosing patterns and fabrics that wear well is the key to designing lake house living areas.

web_bed_MG_7850 (2) What are some design details that really add to the livability factor of a lake house or second home?

Lenox: We like to incorporate fabrics and textures that are durable and will stand up to the rigors of a second home. We also like to use fabrics that have a pattern that will help to disguise wear and abuse. What are some must-haves for a Texas second home or lake house?

Lenox: It sounds cliché, but a second home in Texas probably needs to have cowhide implemented somewhere. It doesn’t have to be gratuitous, and it doesn’t have to be excessive. A nice cowhide bench or ottoman will do the trick, and it adds a uniquely Texan flair. Sounds just right!


For more home decor ideas for your lake house and beyond, head to Anteks and Anteks Curated.