Inside Melissa Coleman's The Minne Stuga
Melissa Coleman’s cedar-clad cabin, The Minne Stuga, was designed with the outdoors in mind.
Melissa Coleman, known as The Faux Martha, completely renovated her northern Minnesota cabin, The Minne Stuga. See the dramatic before-and-after photos of the incredible transformation.
October 7, 2022
From the moment Melissa Coleman, designer and minimalist blogger known as The Faux Martha, first saw the cabin she named The Minne Stuga, she knew it was a special place. Located in Grand Marais, Minnesota, the part A-frame, part chalet-style cabin was tucked amid tall pines as if straight out of a fairytale. It was perched on a low-grade hill and overlooked Devil Track Lake, evoking pure Northwoods charm. While it was certainly love at first sight for Coleman and her family, the cabin demanded a makeover.
“When we first walked into the cabin, you couldn’t actually see the lake,” Coleman said, describing the floor-to-ceiling windows as permanently fogged. In addition to limited lake views, the cabin itself was dilapidated and the interiors were dated.
“We knew we’d have to fix the neon green and orange carpet,” Coleman said. “Oh, and the failing windows, and the leaky roof, and the wobbly deck.”
In 2020, Coleman recruited collaborators to begin the ambitious restoration of The Minne Stuga. That team included Taiga Design and Marvin, as well as a host of other Minnesota-based companies. Coleman was purposeful about her decision to work with local businesses because she’s passionate about “investing where your feet are,” and in this case, it’s Minnesota, through and through. The result is a dramatic renovation that shows off Minnesota cabin culture at its finest. What follows are some of the transformation’s most dramatic before-and-after images.