Elise's Miller Beach House in the Trees

Elise's Miller Beach House in the Trees

Smith Schwartz
Oct 25, 2010
Name: Elise, Founder/Director of the ReBuilding Exchange Location: Miller Beach — Gary, Indiana Size: 1,000 square feet Type: 1930's cottage Years lived in: 1½ — owned Feeling beat down by the Chicago winter and fueled by an open bar at a fundraiser for the Rebuilding Exchange, I was swept away by the silent auction offering of a weekend beach house stay. Unfortunately for me, it was February in Chicago and I would have to wait six months to redeem my impulse buy. A sunny summer weekend in Elise's beach house was certainly worth the wait. Tucked away on a large, wooded lot two blocks from the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, Elise's home was built in the mid-1930's by a Norwegian carpenter. At that time, a matching cottage stood next door, but it was reduced to a pile of appliances and cinder blocks when it burned down in the mid-seventies. When I returned to shoot the House Tour this fall, I learned of Elise's plans to dig out the detritus and install a fire pit or screened-in porch to further enjoy the tree canopy above. The interior of Elise's home mirrors the coziness of the tree-filled exterior. She has a keen eye for vintage and handmade items that make her home feel as if she's been there for many years even though she's only lived in the cottage a short time. Every object in her home is carefully and thoughtfully placed to create a cozy and welcoming environment. Apartment Therapy Survey: My Style: Found objects Inspiration: Flea markets Favorite Element: The feeling of being in a treehouse Biggest Challenge: Finding counter space in my kitchen What Friends Say: It's so cozy in here! Proudest DIY: Reupholstering the dining room chairs with fabric screenprinted by a friend. Biggest Indulgence: The walnut dining room table. Best Advice: Spend more time in second hand stores, at yard sales, and&mhellip;at the ReBuilding Exchange! Dream Sources: Good yard sales. Thanks, Elise! Images: Smith Schwartz • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.
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