BRAINERD—Brainerd lakeside cabin owner Christina Carlsbad announced this week that the interior redesign she has been undertaking for the last six months has been completed, updating her cabin to enter the 21st century with an inspired “woods” theme.
“I wanted to give the inside of the building a unique personality,” said Carlsbad, referring to her decision to add wood paneling to literally every wall in her cabin, covering up a beautiful mural by the previous owner in the process. “So many of these rentals have such a cookie-cutter design with nothing interesting, so why not add a little pizzazz?”
“I mean, look at this coffee table,” Carlsbad continued, pointing to a handmade piece made of local trees, identical to the ones in every cabin on the lake. “That’s something you won’t find in just any cabin on the lake. We also decided to go a little kooky, and added some deer-antler coat hangers,” Carlsbad added, pointing to the hooves and antlers from deer that were killed for fun and sold at the local bait shop by the dozen. “They go nicely with the taxidermied bear hanging above the stairs.”
Her neighbors have already noticed the difference. “The home used to have zero personality,” said Willow Maples, Carlsbad’s neighbor. “Now, when I go to visit, I feel more in the woods than when I’m outside. She has a stone fireplace made with rocks found on the shores of this very lake! So much better than the stone firepit she used to have.”
“I’m just glad to almost be done. People are going to come over and see a home that only someone like me could design,” she finished.
Carlsbad was making her final decision on if her framed collection of fishing lures would go above the fireplace in the bedroom, or the fireplace in the living room, where it had resided for twenty years before she bought the cabin.
At press time Carlsbad was working on designs for her landscaping, with a plan to remove all native plants from her garden and bring in colorful flowers from around the world. “Color stays outside the house,” she stated matter-of-factly, “wood and stone is better framing for our sixty-five inch television.”