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A Lake Cabin Remodel by Skye Fingalson of Design 2 Sell at the Lakes

Dave and Linda Bergeron first came into contact with Skye Fingalson and the team at Design 2 Sell at the Lakes when they decided to add more guest space to their lakeside cabin. Needing direction and ideas for the makeover, the Bergerons knew they had found the right match when they spotted Design 2 Sell’s work on social media.

It was important to the Bergeron’s that their friends and family could enjoy their own privacy while at the lake. Design 2 Sell specializes in lake home renovations and loves to bring in all the fun lake decor to create that ‘lakeside’ vacation vibe.

The vision

The homeowners were looking for a light, light and airy design. They wanted to incorporate vibrant colors through accents and unique features that truly make their guests feel like they are on a lake vacation. Throughout the design process, Fingalson kept the basics very neutral but included pops of color in the carpets, décor, cushions and wall art. Her team built cedar accents, including the bench top, beam and floating shelves, to bring warmth to the cool space; Orange and blue determine the color theme.

The project started out as bare studs when Fingalson was brought in so she could jump right into the nascent planning phase of determining what would go where and how the space would be designed. Typically, Design 2 Sell brings between four and five of their design teams on-site for their decoration work. It took a little over a year from the beginning of the planning to the completion of the final decoration. “Our design team was thrilled to have completed the final decoration phase so we could add the finishing touches [the Bergeron’s] to enjoy!” said Fingalson.

For Fingalson, this particular project had so many unique features that made it stand out, including the beautiful kitchen in which her team placed floating shelves, a herringbone marble backsplash, the soft blue cabinets, quartz countertops, and the fun textured cabinet hardware. All floating shelves are illuminated to create a welcoming atmosphere at night. Other unique features include the bar area separate from the kitchen, the bench at the top of the stairs to hang your personal items, the fireplace wall, and all three guest bedrooms are areas for guests to enjoy and utilize during their stay. “We could have fun creating this guest area,” said Fingalson. “Not everything had to be so sophisticated; It’s a holiday home!”

While discussing the large open wall behind the couch area, customers commented that they really wanted something unique hung back there. “I happened to be walking by the Detroit Lakes flea market when the lifebuoy rings caught my eye,” Fingalson said. “I thought, ‘Wow, I could do shadow boxes around these and use them not only to incorporate the orange from the stone in the fireplace, but as an incredible art element in the room that would eat up that wall space while adding dimension and texture.’ It was a complete surprise to the Bergerons as they didn’t know what our actual plan for the decoration was until it was finished.” Fingalson also had a custom surfboard coffee table built for the space.

Skye Fingalson, Design 2 Selling on the Lakes

“It’s those thoughtful pieces at the end of the project that always end up being our favorites — the kind you can’t buy in a store.”

Skye Fingalson

The finished result

Building relationships with clients is one of Fingalson’s favorite pastimes, and she loved working with the Bergeron’s on this lake cabin conversion. And the feedback from them serves as proof of a successful outcome. “We love everything!” They said. “Our ideas and vision of having a bright and welcoming space for our family and guests to enjoy became a reality. The boxed life jackets are one of our favorite items they’ve brought and the case and beam colors are just perfect.” Guest feedback also reflected the satisfaction of the homeowners, with reactions such as, ‘Awesome!’ and ‘amazing!’

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