Mini Session: Cabin Remodel

I'm pretty sure this has been one of my favorite projects to date. I can't even describe to you how excited I was when Chris Emmer of Sweaty Wisdom – a friend and super human approached me about a birthday surprise for her boyfriend, Drew. I have a huge place in my heart set aside for cabins and cottages, so after a little dance and some jumping on the couch – I went right to work and started pulling together some inspiration.

Chris and Drew spend a lot of time here, so I wanted it to be a space that represented them both. They had this really cool orange backsplash in their kitchen that was really the foundation for this design. I kept things pretty modern with a nod to natural pieces found within the details. Drew is a fisherman, so I knew I wanted to incorporate his passion in the wall art and details throughout.

Like all mini-sessions, I always try to use as much as I can that already exists in the space. With only a few requests – such as keeping the backsplash, and getting rid of the carpet – I was able to give this a fresh facelift with some pretty simple solutions.

For the floors, I went with a plywood plank. I have always loved this idea, but have never found a good place to use it. I think the natural look and especially cost – makes this a perfect solution for a cottage/cabin.


Chris, thank you SO much for the opportunity to work with you. You are truly amazing and I had a blast with this project. I can't wait to see the finished product!

Like what you see? Check out the board on Pinterest.