Deuce Cities Henhouse

Welcome to the Cabin

Western Wisconsin Cabin
Guys! I guess I just took a month of from the blog, whoopsiee. Normally I would feel guilty about that sort of thing, but I don’t, cause I had good reason. I shared with you guys that we were about to buy a cabin two hours from MPLS (aka the Twin Cities) in the heart of western Wisconsin (aka West Wisco). The weeks leading up to the closing were intense to say the least. Emotions were high, and Jeff and I were trying our hardest to keep cool and calm. I think we did a pretty good job of that, but purchasing property of any kind is always such a high stress situation. I was also hoarding a bunch of stuff to bring up to the cabin and making final arrangements. So many little details had to be ironed out, there was just no time for blogging.

Besides just moving a bunch of our stuff a long distance, there was tons of work to get at. Let’s start with the furniture. The place came fully furnished, it had been a rental for the last 10 years or so years, and the furniture was just a part of the deal. Unfortunately we had no use for about 3/4 of what we had inherited and it needed to be moved out before we could move in. We had a bunch of days of good weather, and we moved every piece of furniture out into the driveway before we then donated what we could and brought the remainder to the dump. In a mad rush we tore up the carpet which had been harboring a majority of that highly disgusting musty cabin smell. You know that stink that’s so abrasive that it makes you seriously regret your decision for a minute or two?

We had the carpet up in no time we estimate around an hour, and were more than happily surprised by the condition of the wood floors underneath. We knew that there were wood floors, but we had no idea what was in store for us as far as their condition goes. We lucked out big time, all these floors need is a good cleaning (still needs to be done) and they will be good to go. What a find!

Between pulling up staples we built a sofa, cleaned, built 2 sets of bunk beds, wrestled mattresses, replaced bedding, sweated our balls off, built some chairs, built some more chairs, assembled a patio table, hung party lights, cleaned out closets, moved old sofas and chairs to the basement for the kids, de-leafed the bottom of a lake, built a trampoline, inflated a relaxation station for swimming, got a DEHUMIDIFIER (!) running full time in the basement, bought a pontoon, tipped a pontoon on the HWY, had a few windows replaced, and are just now READY to take a load off and really sit back and enjoy the space for the rest of the summer before we start attacking our ever-growing list of future projects.

See! This is why I had no time to pop in on the blog. Now that we’re pretty much settled I would love to take projects a little bit slower and share with you as we go. Whew. Also, what’s up with my blog, it looks crazy r n! I’ll have to find time to figure out what is UP!?!

Here are a few more photos, I’m including the MLS photo of the furnished living room, the living room sans furniture but w/ carpet, and the living room as it sits today. We actually only bought a few pieces of new furniture for the space. Ikea was having a sofa sale at the end of the spring and we decided to just go for it, and ordered the Soderhamn. I love it! I think all sofas should probably be these. It’s so cozy and it looks kidna fancy for an Ikea sofa. It’s designed to be very modular, can have the arms removed (which we did) and the “look” can easily be customized with the addition of pillows. It’s like they left extra space for you to throw your own cushions in there to make it perfect, just for ya. I made the army canvas pillows myself from some military surplus laundry bags, I love them, they are soft and cozy. Not pictured is the Saarinen-style womb chair that I purchased brand new from craigslist. Someone in my neighborhood had ordered this chair from Amazon and was unhappy with the color so I got it for half the list price. The rug is our outdoor patio rug and the coffee table which I built for the patio earlier this summer were rudely stolen from our house. I like the rug outdoor rug in this space, and with wet feet from the lake, I think it will wear well. Like I said, the coffee table was meant for our MPLS patio, but got a little soggy in the rain, it works better here. Next season we’ll replace what we stole from home. The camp chairs from Urban Outfitters are exactly what I wanted them to be too – casual cabin, modern, and the color of the army green canvas is too perfect. The fiddle leaf fig and the Albini rattan pouf are both from home, fingers crossed that the fig will be happy here – it’s lost a few leaves which is typical of a new location but I’m still a bit worried. The dining table and chairs was one of the only items we held on to from the furniture we inherited with the home, they chairs have a nice profile and the table can be remedied with a tablecloth – for now. In case your curious, I will list sources below, and if you have any other questions, bring ‘em.

Thanks for all your nice comments, both here and on my instagram over the last few weeks! I am going to respond to each an every one of them.

Western Wisconsin Cabin

Western Wisconsin Cabin

Western Wisconsin Cabin
U|O Camp Chairs | Albini Ottoman | Table Cloth | Soderhamn Sofa | Rattan Basket | Green Vase | Rug | Buffalo Check Cushion Covers | Lamp | Chandelier | Tray | Womb Chair

Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook
in The Cabin

23 comments… add one
  • AnnMarie August 11, 2017

    Amazing! I’ve been following your cabin adventures on Instagram, and couldn’t wait to learn more about it! I’m looking forward to your posts about it. ^_^

  • Lynnie August 11, 2017

    Wow! Those floors are great! I’m not clairvoyant but I see many happy summers in your future. You’ve really done a great job on this space.

  • Nicki August 11, 2017

    LOVE the cabin vibes. SO envious. Excellent choices and it makes me want to stalk the MLS for new listings daily!

  • Alyssa August 11, 2017

    Thanks for taking the time to write this post! I’ve been looking forward to an update. You’ve done an amazing job setting up your cabin. It’s come together so well. I think you can call it done! You make it look so easy. I hope you can settle in and enjoy this amazing space. You’re living the dream!

  • gigi August 11, 2017

    Wow. You have done so much in so little time. Can’t wait to see more inside and out. Enjoy

  • kristin August 11, 2017

    Love the cabin, congrats!!

    What do you think of the Urban Outfitters chairs now that you own them? They’re very cool, but how do you think they’ll wear? Does it seem like they might fade or pill? And do you find them comfortable? Something you could spend some time reading a book in?

    I know you haven’t owned them long, just any insight you might have would be helpful.

    thanks for your time!

  • SH August 11, 2017

    Wow, those floors! I never, ever would have thought a white sectional could ever work, but so glad one of us has the insight and creativity and talent to realize otherwise :) This is beautiful. And cozy. Look forward to photos of fall and winter and fire in fireplace.

  • Staci August 11, 2017

    It looks amazing. A true testament to what a difference the right furniture can make.

  • Brianna August 11, 2017

    I’ve SO been looking forward to a cabin update post! What a difference pulling out the carpet and updating the furniture made. We have a long-term goal of owning a small cabin on a lake in Northern Ontario. so I feel like I am living vicariously through you right now–and seeing that it’s possible to update a wood-heavy space without losing the cabin charm. Eager to see more, but also wishing you a relaxing end-of-summer to enjoy your awesome new place on the lake. :)

  • Erin Prohaska August 11, 2017

    What a beaut! I live in SC Wisco, actually headed to the Minneapolis area next week so I’ll be driving past your new digs. What a fun experience that is sure to provide many memories for family & fun for years to come. Congrats!

  • Tom Allen August 11, 2017

    Wow Alison. I had no idea how much work you guys went through. This place looks absolutely awesome. Can’t wait to see it.


  • lauralou August 12, 2017

    So splendid! Can’t wait for the future updates.

  • Meghan Campbell August 12, 2017

    Incredible. What an amazing transformation, you deserve huge credit for all your efforts!! Enjoy the rest of your season! Well done

  • Jennifer August 12, 2017

    It looks amazing! Taking up the carpet and refreshing the interior let the good bones shine. And the wood looks so good-(rhyme intended)! The dining chairs that came with the cabin caught my eye. They have nice lines, almost midcentury. Enjoy the cabin!

  • Bridget Wall August 13, 2017

    Gorgeous! Enjoy your time at the lake!

  • Vanessa August 13, 2017

    You tipped the pontoon on the highway!? Is it ok? What happened? My sister-in-law has one, it seats 8 people and 5 dogs, what could be better?

  • Erin August 14, 2017

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more.

  • Elise August 14, 2017

    Way cool! Everything looks fantastic. Congrats to the whole family on this wonderful adventure!

  • Mimi August 15, 2017

    Looks so great! Tell me about de-leafing a lake

  • Becky August 16, 2017

    Congrats! It looks great!

  • Kari August 17, 2017

    It looks gooooood. And those floors? PRAISE!

  • Jody August 18, 2017

    I don’t know you but I’m so happy for you! You guys seem like genuine people and this cabin is awesome! Can’t wait to follow along with your projects as they unfold, enjoy!

  • Anna August 20, 2017

    Awesome! So lucky about the floors! Will you be renting the cabin out when you’re not using it?

Leave a Comment

Previous post: