Holly Ellis’s story sums up the allure of small-town charm and the enduring connection to one’s roots. Although her present-day address may be in sunny California, a piece of her heart remains in the Midwest in a small town known as Indian River.
Some of Holly’s best childhood memories occurred in the town that tucks itself alongside the Sturgeon River. For Holly, those early days were spent splashing in clear waters and exploring the vast Michigan woods. In Indian River, she learned to love the tranquility and authenticity of small-town living.
Years later, Holly would find herself moving across the country to the West Coast, but her affection for the Midwest never waned. Frequent visits to her hometown kept the flame alive, a testament to the impact of her younger years.
When she got older, an opportunity presented itself that Holly couldn’t pass up. It was the chance to reclaim a piece of her history and return to her origins by purchasing an A-frame cabin perched along the Sturgeon River’s banks. This cabin wasn’t just a building; it symbolized a permanent connection to her familial ties and a haven to call her own when she returned home to visit loved ones in the mitten state.
Beyond its significance, Holly’s cabin venture held an exciting prospect: the ability to share her space with others through Airbnb. With a palette of creativity at her disposal, Holly, an artist by trade, transformed the cabin’s interior. The house became a canvas for her artistry.
The interior of the cabin is a style I describe as Elevated Hygge. It is a masterful combination of coziness and sophistication. A minimalist mid-century modern chair sits across from a seafoam green couch. The wall of the cabin facing the river is made from a grid of glass panes, inviting the outdoors in and framing breathtaking vistas of the river. For A-frame lovers, Holly’s cabin is nothing short of a nostalgic dream come true.
While the cabin’s riverside location makes it an idyllic spot for summer retreats, don’t underestimate its winter charm. Indian River becomes a coveted snowmobile destination when the seasons shift, tempting those with an adventurous spirit to take part in the fun.
Holly Ellis’s journey from a childhood spent in the heart of Indian River to a cabin owner and Airbnb host is a testament to the power of nostalgia, the allure of craftsmanship, and the deep-rooted connection to the places that shape us. Her A-frame cabin provides a sanctuary to all seeking solace, inspiration, and the chance to write their own chapters amid the captivating landscapes of Northern Michigan.
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