The Wayfarer Treehouse Cabin in Lake Leelanau, Michigan

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Tour This Michigan Cabin With Straight-From-Scandinavia Style

Written by Gina Valente
Photography by Gina Valente
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Scandanavian design has been on the rise in the United States, especially when it comes to cabins–and it's no wonder. Key characteristics like natural materials, airy spaces, bright natural light and soothing, neutral colors feel right at home in scenic, rural locales. Scandinavian architecture's dedication to design dictated by nature makes it the perfect choice for forested properties and lakeside locales.
 
Take a cue from the Wayfarer Treehouse, a three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath rental cabin in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Beautifully restored by owner Sean Karcher and his rental company, Hygge Stay, the striking cabin is tucked into the woods of Lake Leelanau and exudes a warm glow that's undeniably inviting. Inside, the cabin boasts an open floor plan, which, for the most part, matches the original layout of the kit home. The owner has added a show-stopping modern staircase that tends to be the focal point of the first floor. White walls contribute to the airy feel throughout the cabin, and much of the home has been outfitted in Floyd furniture, a company that also embraces clean, simple design. Bright pops of color contrast the otherwise muted palette.
 
The three bedrooms feature simple-but-statement-making design schemes that include Floyd beds and Pendleton blanket headboards. And in the bathrooms, there are no window dressings but no need. With only trees outside, bare windows allow plenty of light to pour in. The first floor master bathroom will take your breath away with its giant standalone soaking tub. Outside, a fire pit with tree stump seats invites visitors to sit and stay a while.
 
Whether visitors spend their days hiking through the local cherry orchards or soaking up the serene interiors, this cabin proves "hygge" is more than an aesthetic–it's a mindset.
 
Learn more, and rent the cabin here.
 
 
 

 
Gina Valente lives in Ferndale, Michigan and runs the cabin blog, Moody Cabin Girl. She has a love for unique dwellings, adventures, and all things whimsical. Follow her cabin adventures on Instagram here.  When not running around renting cabins, she is trying new restaurants in the Detroit area and posting about them on her Instagram account, Girls Gone Hungry.