Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cabin Fever

I took my daughter to camp this past weekend.  It is a week she longs for all year.  The camp itself is full of rich history and time-worn cabins mixed in with the new and sits peacefully on the banks of the Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee.
What is it that we love and will endure the lack of air conditioning, a constant coating of bug repellent, and less than glamorous rustic surroundings?  It must have something to do with the crackle of a campfire at night, the sound of crickets and frogs, getting to stay half the day at the craft cabin, and plenty of delicious food!

Somehow, the best sleep of our life is with a box fan at our feet.

It makes me so envious of this adorable little family that lives the life daily at a sweet little camp in Wisconsin.
Do you remember the original Parent Trap movie with Haley Mills?

Tereasa Surratt and her husband, David Hernandez couldn't bear to let this storied Wisconsin getaway fade into the forest, so the Chicago couple bought the camp in disrepair and set out to restore and rebuild the glory of what once was.
Image and story courtesy of Midwest Living Magazine
The 86-year-old camp has had many lives, and by the 1990's the camp had fallen into deep disrepair.  David, a former camper at the location, saw a chance to save a legacy.  He and Tereasa bought the camp in 2004 and have restored it lovingly a little piece at a time.
Compliments the Lettered Cottage

Renovations uncovered lots of treasures and Tereasa used them to craft each of the property's unique spaces as an authentic set piece picturing a moment anywhere from the 1920's to the 1960's.  With only a budget of $200 per space, she completed the look by shopping flea markets and secondhand sales. She lays out her strategies in her book Found Free and Flea.  You can also visit her blog HERE
The whole place is like one big, walk-in time capsule, complete with a 1960's Wagoneer.  The camp dog, Frankie, is a perfect accessory as well.
I won't spoil it for you- so please go take a look at their site and read the article from Midwest Living HERE .  (Read how she discovered a whole set of vintage Fiesta ware behind a false wall when remodeling the kitchen!)  Pinterest is full of cool photos as well.  Heck, just Google it and you may become as totally smitten as I am.

I admit, this isn't breaking news.  It's been in lots of magazines and I think was probably big news in 2010.  I've always been a late bloomer…. how could I have missed this?????

Anyway, thanks for dropping by!


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