Sep 14

Tale of Two Cabins

Before & After

A couple of years ago, my husband and I purchased a cabin at our hunting and fishing club.


The club was started in 1836. There are a few of the original structures still on the property. Our cabin was built in 1915 and was one of the first homes.


Our Creole style cabin was situated beautifully on the main lake. It was a one room structure that had been updated a few times throughout it’s life.

For our family to truly enjoy it, we had to “button it up” and make it less critter-friendly and more family- friendly.


We love preservation and wanted to add onto the cabin while staying true to it’s architectural style.


Here is the Tale of Two Cabins written by our neighbor and friend, Dave Reichert.

Davis Hawn Lumber


One that Got Away


Two doors down, our neighbors began the restoration and addition to the oldest private cottage at the Club, the 1915 one-room board and batten with tremendous Creole style French doors on three sides.  They hired a talented classical architect to seamlessly blend the old with the new, and construction began in earnest a few weeks ago.  So why was I now standing on that empty new slab?  What happened!? A hundred years of history, gone, just like that?

Well, not completely.  As they began to deconstruct and got down to the floor joists and studs, the damage was undeniable.  More insect holes, sawdust and mold than actual wood – amazing it was still standing.  They were able to save the Creole doors and as much salvage wood as they could, and now are building new off of those same remodel blueprints.  I was a little saddened, but I can’t say that I blame their decision.  Oftentimes it is a real close call on whether to save or demolish, and I had the advantage of owning a historical lumberyard and architectural millwork shop for my project.

In addition to old-fashioned craftsmanship, it seems to me that some of the necessary ingredients for preservation are patience, a bit of nostalgia, and a lot of perseverance (that’s a nicer word than stubbornness, I suppose).  I think it also helps just being somewhat of an “old soul,” and recognizing that our future is always tied to our past.

All that said, I know I’ll enjoy that sparkling iced tea this Spring on my neighbors’ new front porch overlooking the lake (they’ll be using their cottage more, now that it will keep the critters out). But I’ll still miss their old one.

Build to Last,

Dave Reichert 
and the Davis Hawn Team


We were able repurpose the Creole doors as windows across the front and side of the house. We also used all the original shiplap boards in the the mudroom and hall.


Since remodeling, our family has been enjoying the new cabin a lot more often. We even had a family reunion of 20 people!


That never would have happened in the old cabin. Now, we are just wondering why we waited so long!



Fin and Feather



Feb 7

Freshen Up

Before & After

While February weather may have you indoors a little more than usual, it is a perfect time to re-style your home with pieces you already own.


As I mentioned yesterday, I like to take furniture from one room and move it into another for a crisp, new look.


Trellis Chair


Here, I took a pair of club chairs from the Living Room and placed them in the Family Room.


Trellis Chair


The chairs give the space a fresh, clean style and look great with the soft blues.


You might be wondering what I put in the Living Room…that’s for another day. We have been busy remodeling at the Underwood home! Pictures soon to follow.


Jun 24

Room Transformations

Before & After

Bedroom B&AHave you ever considered the life of a caterpillar? How it goes through different stages to finally become the beautiful butterfly? This is the same process as designing a room for a client.


I love envisioning the before and after of a project and the transformation that unfolds as furniture, color palettes, architecture, etc. changes.


The room is finally conceptualized into the client’s vision, surpassing their expectations. It becomes a beautiful “butterfly” in itself.

Apr 29

Greenbrier B&A

Before & After

Greenbrier B&AHU Interiors DOES exteriors…


This house has long been one of my favorites! Somewhere along the way, it had lost it’s charm and needed a little tweaking to to bring back it’s timeless appeal.


During one of it’s renovations, it had aquired a courtyard with a fountain – which did not thrill the new owners because it blocked the house from the street. They soon realized,however, that the courtyard was really quite relaxing, especially in the evenings with a glass of wine.


A compromise was reached by cutting the eight foot wall down to four feet, which opened the house to the street and still allowed for privacy. The spanish style doors and fountain were changed for a cleaner, updated look. Also the landscaping was softened by taking out the desert plants and adding lush azaleas, hydrangeas and seasonal flowers. Lightening the paint color, adding a new gate and shingles also helped enhance the new personality of the home.


The house looks so much happier and ready to greet new guests.

Apr 29

Living Room Update

Before & After

Gillon B&AOne of my clients asked me on Monday if I could put her living room together by Friday. This is what we came up with…not bad for 4 days!