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Though the cabin doesn't currently have a kitchen or bathroom, Foster says she hopes it will someday. It has electricity, which provides heat and powers the vintage chandelier. She installed shelves for the built-ins behind the couch, then added salvaged doors and filled the cabinets with her collection of Limoges china.
Foster says she doesn't entertain at the cabin very often. "I have little get-togethers there, but it’s not popular," she says. "Crossing the stream and hiking up is difficult for some. The bathroom is your choice of fallen logs in 14 acres of woods. People think twice."
When asked why everything in the cabin is white, Foster says, "I love it. It’s relaxing, pure, feminine, light, clean, sophisticated and dainty."
The cabin includes a sleeping loft, accessed by a ladder. "I installed batts of insulation, then used an electric stapler to attach Tyvek to the rafters," Foster says, describing the tented ceiling. "I started from the bottom up. It got easier the higher I went, because I could just slide the batts into the Tyvek 'pockets.' Then, I attached a bolt of Walmart lace with the electric stapler along the rafters. Bada bing
The idea for a dreamy Victorian retreat "originated the first time I walked up to the old hunting cabin the evening we found it," Foster says. "The proportions have a vertical emphasis, like Victorian architecture. That's my favorite style. I've kept a scrapbook of all the pretty houses I've ever seen, and this cottage incorporates their best features. The fact it's inaccessible by car didn’t hurt, either!"