Hunting Cabin Becomes A Beautiful Victorian Summer Retreat

Have you ever longed for a cozy little place hidden away from the world, a haven where you could relax, read, nap or just dream? Sandy Foster created just such a place, and in doing so, she’s given us all a wonderful gift. With the click of a mouse, we can be transported to a beautiful, romantic retreat tucked into a little hill along side a picturesque stream.


This lovely spot isn’t accessible by road. No, it requires a little effort to reach it, making the arrival all the more sweeter. Pink boots aren’t a requirement, but they are highly recommended.


Sandy is there waiting for us, along with her precious, doggie, Zuzu.

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Let’s take our boots off here on the porch. Did you hear that soft buzzing sound? That’s the sound of hummingbirds sipping nectar from the Foxgloves. Or, it could be faerie wings because this is surely a place where faeries would gather.


Once upon a time, this beautiful studio was just a brown, run-down hunting cabin. The windows were small and strictly utilitarian; the interior was rugged and plain. Today it is a fantasy retreat filled with candles, lace and chandeliers.


There’s even a comfy bed tucked into the loft…the perfect spot for reading, napping and dreaming. Sandy did all the work herself, installing columns, gingerbread trim, shelving, windows, insulation, doors and everything needed to create this very special studio.


Zuzu looks right at home here, doesn’t she? She is every bit as elegant as her surroundings.


Sandy carefully chose each treasure for her retreat. Isn’t the mirror absolutely stunning?! Though the studio is only 9 ft by 14 ft in size, mirrors reflect the light, making it feel open and airy.


In anticipation of our visit today, Sandy created a beautiful table just for us.


The flowers are so pretty and they make the perfect centerpiece for this sweet tablescape.


Here’s your place right here. In addition to pink boots, having seconds is highly suggested. 😉

No need to rush. We can stay and play all evening, even long after dark. The candles are lit and their flickering light is a reminder of the moonlight that bathes our cabin on this starlit night.


Sandy, thanks so much for letting us stop by your beautiful studio. We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to visit again real soon.


You can visit and read more about Sandy’s hideaway studio at her blog, My Shabby Streamside Studio. See you Sunday evening for Metamorphosis Monday.

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  1. I need to go to there! Either that or this is going on my Christmas list!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us!

  2. Esther is not-quite-perfect says

    So pretty! May I spend a weekend there? Please? Pretty please?

  3. The Aud Author, Audrey says

    OMG….I want to LOVE there. I love all of the white, it's so elegant and beautiful. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

  4. Wow..that place is absolutely beautiful!!! The hubby and I were just talking about something like this when we move out to the country. He wants a a man cave..Not going to happen. I want something like this!! 🙂

  5. I want to go live there!! Beautiful & cozy, a little bit of heaven came down to earth <3

    Have a lovely weekend, Jannet

  6. Little Brick Ranch says

    This is gorgeous. I would love to have a spot like this in my very own backyard…getting the stream to run nearby may be a problem though! 🙂

  7. What a dreamy looking place…so gorgeous.

  8. Honestly, I just got "shivers!" This is ethereal. Wonderful, wonderful creativity. franki

  9. she has made a little fantasy world!!!

  10. Hi Susan…Thanks for another visit to the enchanting little Victorian house. It's a lovely place, isn't it? Loved your post today. Susan

  11. What a gorgeous place!!!! Have a nice weekend, hugs, Flavia

  12. FABBY'S LIVING says

    This looks like it just came out of a story of a child's fairy tale book! Absolutely enchanting!! My goodness, you're so lucky you could be there Susan! Thank you again for sharing it with us.

  13. Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says

    wow!!! I'll be reposting this in the next few days. It is incredible. I just added your button to my blog since I just love it,love it!!

  14. OMG Susan! This is what I have always been wanting to have. We have looked into adding one o=in our yard but we do not have anymore flat surface in the yard to put it. But I see that hers is not on a flat land either. I will have to show this to John. I just want to use it for my craft and painting studio….Christine

  15. I love how you featured Sandi's charming little retreat.I love the little table set for us!


  16. Sandy's studio is gorgeous! I could curl upon that bed and take a very long nap!

  17. I love her place! It is a fantasy in white. She is a sweet, gracious lady and has a beautiful blog –
    Thank you for the virtual visit!

  18. tales from an oc cottage says

    It's it amazing!!! And Sandy is just about the sweetest thing ever!!

    m ^..^

  19. Richard Cottrell says

    I think I saw this in a magazine, like Romantic Country or Country Victorian. Am I right? It is a real doll house. Nice to see the person connected to it, the magazine article did not share that part. How Fun. Richard at My Old Historic House

  20. oh my,, this is just magical,, Imagine coming across this in the woods,, beautiful

  21. Okio B Designs says

    She is my inspiration for our cabin in upstate NY! I saw this piece in the Times last summer and absolutely fell in love! Thanks for revisiting it!


  22. Hi Susan, This little cottage looks like a home in Heaven, doesn't it? So dainty, feminine, delicate & ethereal. What a dreamy place to have your tea & cookies.

  23. pretty cool to live in a dream world like that! Looks more like a LOve nest than a studio to me…. can you just imagine?


  24. michelle says

    Just gorgeous! Oh to spend a day there would be perfect.
    Thank you for sharing.

  25. Heaven's Walk says

    Sandy did an amazing job on that cabin! It looks so ethereal and dreamy…..and what a setting! ♥ LUV!

    xoxo laurie

  26. Cottage Rose says

    What a beautiful studio,, she did an amazing job on it,, so tranquil and cozy…have a great weekend


  27. Pamela Terry and Edward says

    Just the loveliest place ever.

  28. It's Sandy's very own Hameau de la Reine!

  29. martinealison says

    Un bel endroit pour se ressourcer… bisous

  30. What a beautiful enchanted space. So completely removed from reality, just begging for someone to come and read a book or write a book….so, so lovely!
    I'd love to write a post about this on my blog!

  31. Joselyn @ The DIY Spot says

    That's not just a studio, that is heaven on earth. How devine!

  32. Michele/Ohio says

    Oh be still my beating heart! What a to-die-for treasure.

    I literally have tears on my face.
    WOW! What a delight!

    Thank you for sharing this!!!!

  33. Anonymous says

    This should be my wedding night shack. Nothing but white.

  34. OH MY GOODNESS! THAT is SOOOOOOOO NEAT and special! Oh how I would LOVE something like that right now since hubby has retired! 😉 I would LIVE there! lol Man I bet that was SO much FUN to work on and create!!! I just LOVE IT! It's soooooo fun!!!! Can you tell I love it? 😉 I love lace, candles, the white the loft bed and everything about it. I was just telling hubby today how much I dearly LOVE lace!

  35. Olá Susan,amei seu blog…divino,as imagens são lindas.Essas fotos dessa cazinha parece uma casa no céu!!!Será que alguém foi até lá tirar uma foto???rsrsrs…Tudo perfeito!!!
    Beijos e um lindo dia!!!

  36. Susan, isn’t this every girl’s dream? Little or grown! How I would love to have an afternoon tea there. Thanks for bringing this to us!

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