I have a big, little secret to share with you. Not just to tell you, but to share with you. An invitation of sorts. To a place and a space that’s become quite special to me, to us. A place they call “Up North” around here, known for its breathtaking beauty and superior shores with craggy coastlines and wild woods. If you’re from Minnesota, it’s a place you probably intimately know and love. And if you’re not from here, like us not so long ago, I’d like to invite you over or up or down, but especially away.
A year or two ago, in the midst of the same ole conversation and the collective yearn for more less in our life, we started looking up, to an unkempt place free of digital distraction and full of wild. A place to canoe on a lake and let bread rise on the counter and make coffee the slow way. A place to read a whole book and play a long game. A place to get lost and then found, to be bored and get inspired. A place to listen to the bonfire crackle, the crickets chirp, the birds sing, the tall trees whistle, and the big cats howl. A place to spot the big dipper, the sly fox, and the morel mushroom. A place to disconnect and reconnect. A place to make and a place to share—with you.
Late last July, we found her between the tall winding woods and the Gunflint Trail, perched on Devil Track Lake in Grand Marais, MN, and snatched her up as fast as we could (a huge thanks to Anderson Realty). She’s a chalet-frame, one part chalet and a couple parts A-Frame. Her cedar-clad walls hold a nostalgic, warm fragrance and tell a story we’ve only begun to piece together from the hidden handwritten notes and the leftover kitchen spoons from a time before us. I’m so excited and so nervous, to take on the daunting design responsibility of preserving her essence while updating her amenities. Her name: The Minne Stuga (the mini-stoo-guh).
We’re working with Taiga Design to carefully restore this beauty. We’re also partnering with a handful of our favorite Minnesota companies to outfit her. I guess you could call this a big Minnesota hug, one that we hope to extend to you just as soon as the dust settles. Consider this your first invite to come up and get away. Available for rent late fall-ish of 2020. In the meantime, you can enter her pearly wood gates on the world wide web below.
Take a 5-minute video tour of her in all her green carpet glory.
Take a 30-second picture tour of her in all her green carpet glory.
We can’t wait to share more of her with you soon.
Beautiful! Cannot wait to visit and rent.
What was your process for partnering with local companies such as furniture? I’m interested in doing that in a different state.
What a grand adventure you have ahead of you! I love your vision – I am certain it will come to fruition. Best wishes!
Love it! Reminds me of our cabin in AR. 70s meeting 2020 now. We had orange shag carpet. Our inside walls are more like your outside- working up the nerve to paint them white. There is no lovely cedar smell anymore. Can’t wait to see what you do to it!!
oh I love it! can’t wait to see what you do with it! ?
The house looks lovely, and even just new carpet and wood stove would bring it up many notches. As I was looking at all of that non-polyed wood in the house, and specifically in the bathroom, I was struck that you might have a wonderful opportunity to get that light nordic look using lye and an oil finish like Woca. I just saw the floors in a historic home finished with it and I was surprised how much I liked it. Usually I shy away from the white wood finishes because it looks like it’s trying too hard.
I trust that however you style the house it will be a restful and beautiful retreat
That creaking door @ 1:32 of the video tour gave me all kinds of cozy vibes! LOVE this space for your and your fam.
It’s so cozy all on its own! Thanks for being excited with us!
Oh, I love this so much. I’m in Mpls and can’t wait to stay here someday!
We’d love to have you!
Sign. me. UP. I cannot wait to stay in this place!!
Thanks for being excited with us! (We are so excited!)
Oh I love it! I can’t wait to see how you design it! So exiting!!!
Wow, and in one of my fave areas of MN! I definitely will want to rent from you…congrats on buying this potential-filled place!
I cannot wait to see this come together. It reminds me a little bit of the ChrislovesJulia cabin.
I’m pretty sure this is a Lindal cedar home – my Mom and Dad built one that looked remarkably similar minus the carpets (from a kit) on a beautiful lake in Saskatchewan. Exciting project! Congrats!
So excited for this!!! What an amazing new space!!
Oh man, I’m so excited to see the life and love you will breathe into this place. Also excited as a fellow Minnesotan who loves going up north for a chance to stay here some day!
Ah! So excited for you guys! This is a dream of mine to own a cabin one day. Congratulations!!
I am IN LOVE (madly, even) and SO happy for you!
Beautiful and adorable, and so excited to see how you guys will transform it!
You do know that “minne” means memory, in Swedish, (pronounced mi-neh). The memory-stuga; sounds pretty apt. ❤️