"Found, Free & Flea" Author Tereasa Surratt's Rustic Camp

"Found, Free & Flea" Author Tereasa Surratt's Rustic Camp

Therese Maring
Oct 26, 2011

Image: Bob Coscarelli for CS Interiors magazine

Name: Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez
Location: Wandawega Lake Resort, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Years lived in: 8

Author Tereasa Surratt (A Very Modest Cottage) and her husband David Hernandez know about reusing and recycling with style. In Tereasa's new book, Found, Free & Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures, she shares her style advice, using the couple's idyllic lakeside getaway as a setting. The retreat, dubbed Camp Wandawega, is itself a tribute to repurposing. Built in the 1920s, it has enjoyed life as a speakeasy, an organized crime hideout, a house of ill repute, a legitimate family resort (hang in there, almost done), a retreat for Latvian priests from Chicago, and finally, a Latvian church camp. Today it's a vintage-inspired escape that captures the casual bliss of summer camp, all decorated joyously with bargains found at local flea markets or at the camp itself.