Melissa Coleman and husband Kevin share a Minnesota cabin with their daughters, eight-year-old Haley and one-year-old Linden. “Once we got to North Shore, we fell in love,” she says. “There is pure beauty here—the trees, the water, the rocky shores! Oh, and the calm.” Here, the designer and cookbook author gives us an inside look…
Adirondack chairs: lol designs. Fire table: Modfire.
When purchasing the cabin: After we moved to Minnesota, Wefconn dreamed of buying and renting a lakeside cabin. The Grand Marais is about four hours from our home in Minneapolis, but when this cabin went up for sale in 2019, we hooked up our daughter and headed straight for there. The carpet was neon green and orange, we couldn’t see through the windows, but we felt very lucky when we got the news that it was ours.
Olive sofa: room and Majlis. Coffee table: room and board. Chandelier: West Elm. Rug: West Elm. Striped blanket: Faribault. Check out the blanket: Faribault. Candlestick: target. Wooden side table: goal.
When creating a single room but together: The living room is located in the “A” of the A-frame, and it already had these little cubicles and shelves. There are books to read, tall trees, big windows – all those reminders to turn off your phone and get lost in other things. It is a place where you make your own memories.
Stove broom: Blomist. Firewood stand: target. Metal side table: Target. Swivel chairs: room and board. Patterned cushion cover: Etsy.
employment Not Draw everything: I usually like bright white spaces, so doing a renovation full of cedar walls was intimidating. But I felt wrong in drawing it. You can smell the aroma of cedar in every room, as if you are in a sauna.
Cabinets: Semi-handmade and IKEA. Walnut Handles: House of Antique. Withdraws: Wayfair. Countertop: Richlet. Ventilation wrap: Taiga Design. Floor tile: Marmolium. Cast Kettle: Food 52. Dutch Oven: Kana Milo. Copper pots: Williams-Sonoma. Bowls and jugs: Falcon Enamel. Refrigerator: Bertazone. Dishwasher: Bosch. Toaster toaster: Smeg. Sink faucet: Wayfair.
On the “old-looking” kitchen: The kitchen is the only place we put even the buttons, but I didn’t want that Feel As if we took him to the studs. And since we didn’t paint the rice, I was excited to add color. I love this green.
On open shelves: I always hope any guest will feel at home. It pays to have open shelves that display everything, so no one wonders where to find pots and pans.
Table: room and board. Chairs: vintage from the renovation. Pendant: room and board. Black side table: Vintage from West Elm.
In the image window: I’m joking that this window is our TV. When you sit at the table, you will find all the entertainment you need here. The birds come to say hello, and the fox sometimes falls.
About living in nature: The house is surrounded by greenery, so there is a 360 degree view of the trees. You can also see the water. It’s called Devil Track Lake, which you can paddle in. At night you can see the stars, and the whole place feels like magic.
Curtains: IKEA. Papers: target. Pennant: Oxford. Russet: Renovation.
In a bunk room: We love going with friends and putting all the kids downstairs. We hung Ikea curtains on a ceiling rack that can close, creating a semi-opaque sleeping environment. In the daytime, the blinds open over the football and it is easy to get out into the lake.
Dome lamp: target. Bed: Bluedot. Leaves: tuft and needle. Fleece blanket: Pendelton. Curtains: Allen + Ruth.
On the continuation of the legacy: The house was built in the 1970s using a kit, and we found the original papers and typed instructions. It has been maintained by one family all these years and when we also found their handwritten notes we had more respect for this place. It feels like we’re part of a bigger story.
Thank you very much Melissa!
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