would receive furniture from my parents as presents while my friends were getting all kinds of fun things,” Betsy says. “It wasn’t until my twenties that I appreciated these timeless gifts.”
In her main home—just a stone’s throw away—betsy favors sophisticated style but when decorating the cabin, took her cue from the humble structure. “It looks just as it should,” Betsy says of her simple scheme. Above all else, Betsy wants guests to feel comfortable and to “do right” to the legacy of her parents and generations going forward. Accents are a mix of antique finds from nearby sellers like her daughter’s shop, Julie B’s, and storied objects ranging from useful to sentimental to whimsical. The few windows are kept airy with lace panels, and area rugs keep wood flooring within view.
Four miles from the nearest town and surrounded by fertile land along the river, the idyllic cabin has two bedrooms, two baths, a living room and a kitchenette. Aside from the roof, most everything is original to the building. “Daddy loved to tell people that he bought this place for $50,” Betsy says, “but that it cost $1,000 to move. It sure is priceless to me.”