In the spring of 2017, we fell in love with a small town in southwestern Michigan, about 80 miles from our Chicago hometown. Exhausted and starting to feel the effects of burnout, we had booked a long weekend getaway to Sawyer, a sweet and charming respite from the city, full of mature trees and rolling sand dunes. Sawyer is part of Harbor Country, a cluster of eight tiny towns along the shore of Lake Michigan. During that weekend, we slept in (very) late and dined at local restaurants. It rained endlessly, which was only more reason to stay up late, watch movies and drink wine. Through the cold drizzle, we ran up and down the dunes with our pups. And on the way back home to Chicago, we both agreed that it would be a dream to purchase a little slice of Harbor Country to call our own.
We needn’t fast forward very far; innocent house hunting turned into an every-waking-moment-search, and just four months after that weekend away, we were closing on the cutest little cottage that we lovingly dubbed our Tree House. You can read all about that journey here, and we’ve been busy shining her up ever since! The old records are a little unclear, but we guess that she was built in the 1930s. Tree House was originally a 3-season home with no HVAC system, but we’ve since added heat and air conditioning, turning her into an anytime-we-wish retreat. She’s still a work in progress, but she’s already been filled with so many amazing memories. We’re documenting every step of the renovation journey on the blog, and we’re excited to have you here alongside us!
If you’d like to know where we purchased something for Tree House, this is a full source list, including paint colors!
Tree House | Before
Tree House | Demolition + Progress
Tree House | After + Progress
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A full source list of the items in our Tree House can be found right here.