we met some new friends- that ride a Harley. and live in Wisconsin. whos names are Theresa and Charlie. (it was meant to be for sure) Theresa and her husband Charlie came to visit us a couple of weekends ago – do a ‘house tour’ for Re-Nest. It was super fun to have them visit, and the story just went live- here is a peek….
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Name: Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez
Location: Wandawega Lake Resort, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Years lived in: 8
Author Tereasa Surratt (A Very Modest Cottage) and her husband David Hernandez know about reusing and recycling with style. In Tereasa’s new book, Found, Free & Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures, she shares her style advice, using the couple’s idyllic lakeside getaway as a setting. The retreat, dubbed Camp Wandawega, is itself a tribute to repurposing. Built in the 1920s, it has enjoyed life as a speakeasy, an organized crime hideout, a house of ill repute, a legitimate family resort (hang in there, almost done), a retreat for Latvian priests from Chicago, and finally, a Latvian church camp. Today it’s a vintage-inspired escape that captures the casual bliss of summer camp, all decorated joyously with bargains found at local flea markets or at the camp itself.
Our style: original camp/cabin/cottage
Inspiration: 1950s summer camp. Dirty Dancing. Embracing retro cabin life as a whole.
Favorite Element: the hilltop lake view from the Boy Scout tent village
Biggest Challenge: maintaining (and keeping the chipmunks out of) the 67 rooms
What Friends Say: “It’s camp for adults.” “It reminds me of my childhood.” “I feel like I’ve just stepped back in time 70 years.”
Proudest DIY: roofing the log cabin
Biggest Indulgence: the Sioux-style teepee on its hilltop perch
Best Advice: anything is possible as long as you are not afraid to get your hands dirty (and handle a nail gun). If you don’t know what you’re doing, consult your best friend: Google.
Green Elements/Initiatives: Essentially, everything…from a three-story treehouse made of reclaimed timber to all of the room interiors. Every room was furnished via the “found, free and flea” rule, saving some space in the landfills by reuse.