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Peek Inside: An A-Frame Cabin on the North Shore (With Gorgeous Lake Views!)

Jan 14, 2022 09:44AM ● By Editor
By Charlie Brown from - January 13, 2022

Melissa Coleman and her husband, Kevin, share a Minnesota cabin with their daughters, eight-year-old Hallie and one-year-old Linden. “As soon as we came to the North Shore, we fell in love,” she says. “There’s an unadulterated beauty here — the trees, the water, and the rocky shores! Oh, and the quiet.” Here, the designer and cookbook author gives us a look inside…

Minnesota House Tour

Minnesota cabin Tour

Adirondack chairs: Loll Designs. Fire table: Modfire

On buying the cabin: After we moved to Minnesota, we dreamed of buying a lakeside cabin and renting it out. Grand Marais is about four hours from our home in Minneapolis, but when this cabin came up for sale in 2019, we strapped our daughter in and drove straight there. The carpet was neon green and orange, and we couldn’t see through the windows, but we felt so lucky when we got the news that it was ours.



Olive sofa: Room & Board. Coffee table: Room & Board. Chandelier: West Elm. Rug: West Elm. Stripe blanket: Faribault. Check blanket: Faribault. Sconce: Target. Wood side table: Target

On creating an alone-but-together room: The living room sits in the ‘A’ of the A-frame, and it already had these little cubbies and shelves. There are books to read, tall trees, and big windows — all these reminders to turn off your phone and get lost in other things. It’s a place to make your own memories. 

Fireplace broom: Bloomist. Firewood holder: Target. Metal side table: Target. Swivel chairs: Room & Board. Plaid pillow cover: Etsy

On not painting everything: I typically like bright white spaces, so taking on a renovation full of cedar wood walls was intimidating. But it felt wrong to paint them. You can smell the cedar in every room, and it’s almost like being in a sauna.


 Cabinets: Semihandmade and IKEA. Walnut knobs: House of Antique. Pulls: Wayfair. Countertops: Richlite. Venthood wrap: Taiga Design. Floor tile: Marmoleum. Pour-over kettle: Food52. Dutch Oven: Kana Milo. Copper pots: Williams Sonoma. Bowls and pitchers: Falcon Enamel. Fridge: Bertazzoni. Dishwasher: Bosche. Toaster: Smeg. Sink faucet: Wayfair

On the ‘old feel’ of the kitchen: The kitchen is the one place we took down to the studs, but I didn’t want it to feellike we took it down to the studs. And since we hadn’t painted the cedar, I was excited to add color. I love this green.

On open shelves: I always hope any guests will feel right at home. It helps to have open shelves, which put everything on display, so no one is wondering where to find bowls and pans.

Thank you so much, Melissa!

P.S. More house tours, including a Connecticut cottage with amazing wallpaper and a Maine home with a love story. 

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