A-frame cabin provides inviting shelter for ski vacations in Michigan


A family vacation home for four, this cedar-planked A-frame cabin was constructed in 1962, nestled at the base of Nub’s Nob ski hill near Harbor Springs, Michigan. This location is so ideal, the family can ski-in and ski-out from their back door! Offering 1,500 square feet of living space the showpiece of this home is its central living space with soaring ceilings.

There is also a kitchen and loft with private bedroom spaces on either side. The interiors are adorned with comfortable furnishings and homespun decorations. The homeowners were inspired by making this cabin their seasonal getaway, which is located just three hours north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Above: The exterior of this chalet was painted in Black Forest Green PM-12 | Benjamin Moore. Through the door you can see a spiral staircase at the rear of the living room that takes you up to a loft.


Above: Instead of hardwood floors, the homeowners opted to keep the wall-to-wall carpeting and for warmth and layer with a cheerful red area rug. No major improvements were made to this home, but the couple did paint the fireplace surround white and the exterior a forest green to blend into the landscape. For the decor, they selected a comfortable mix of contemporary prints and furnishings with comfy textiles and plenty of sentimental treasures — especially for the holidays!

Sources: Wall paint: Pittsburgh Paints – Commercial White PPG1025-1 / Pine Cone Art Prints by Alexis Arnold – Minted / Diamond 3-Piece Dual-Chaise Sectional, Charcoal | Art Van / Mongolian Lamb Pillow Covers, Pebble | West Elm.


Above: Every year, for the past four years, the family would begin their trek to this holiday home beginning Thanksgiving weekend. They would start their Christmas decorating and cut down their tree at Bill’s Farm Market, something of a family tradition. On Christmas morning, they would unwrap gifts and then head to the ski slopes. They would stay here till Janraury and do it all again the next year.

This year they recently sold their home in Grand Rapids to turn this adored holiday home into a permanent home! The family does wish to renovate their beloved home and do some expanding, however, the things they love the most will not change: being in nature and being surrounded by family and friends.


Above: A Christmas tree ornament is a charming DIY, cut from vintage postcards. You can find these on Etsy or Ebay, just do a search by theme, such as winter sports or holiday cooking.


Above: The living room’s swinging porch chair is a favorite reading nook for the kids to enjoy (when not used for Christmas decorations).


Above: The spiral staircase in the living room leads to the playroom loft, which features a vintage rattan lounger from Allegan Antiques Market. To add a touch of cozy for the winter, a sheepskin rug was layered on top.

Sources: Wreath on the window is custom designed from the A.R. Pontius Flower Shop. The blanket on the rattan lounger is the Luxe Faux Fur Oversized Bed Throw, color: Lynx | Restoration Hardware.


Above: Set on the bedside table are two snowboarder nutcrackers. The ski-slope landscape was a lucky find at a yard sale.


Above: The print is of Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Spring, Michigan, sourced from Roo Kee Roo.


Above: The ski-goggle mirror above the bar cart is from PBteen.


Sources: Bench Wire Lounge Sofa, finish: Satin Chrome with Matstone Gray Leather. Overgaard & Dyrman | Huzza. Wide Diagonal Blanket, color: Ivory/Black | Voz. The white ceramic tree is a family heirloom.


Sources: The front yard features the Maya Outdoor Wooden Chair from CB2.


 Above: Yes, that is a four-year old on a snowboard… which she got last year!


Above: A wooden teepee wrapped in twinkle lights offers a festive way to ring in the season.

Photos: Midwest Living

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3 years ago

What is the trim color, please?

5 years ago

Gorgeous home and family!