Our Humble Abode

Our Humble Abode

This is our beach cottage, Cabinista Shortada. We named her out of sillyness, but she even has her own drink (Jameson on the rocks served in a coconut shell) so the name isn’t going anywhere. She’s nothing fancy, but is comfortable and cute. We’ve spent the last 3 years decorating her with items found at yard sales, antique shops and of course good ole fashion thrifts. I wanted to keep her mid-century modern as she was built in 1947 and Kevin wanted to go woodsy and nautical. My style dominates the cottage, but we were able to come up with a cute blend of the two.


The gate keeper, Boris Vladimir Poochkin, AKA Sir Barks A Lot

Ficks Reed Couch on the left and Frankl Pretzel couch on the right. Haywood Wakefield coffee table and a $6 rocking chair

My favorite room in the house

Lake Michigan laser cut relief maps – Great Lakes hangs over the couches

You can purchase the relief maps here

Just about everything was found at a thrift shop

Humidity & Bugs make storing food a treat

A combination of nautical and kitsch keeps the kitchen fun

Old school lighting and wainscoting on the ceiling

Old signs from a soda shoppe line the kitchen wall


Bathroom accessories

Our “Dining Room”

Custom made Cabinista (Shortada) hammock from Etsy.

If you would like a custom hammock, I highly recommend Hamanica !

About the author

Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

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  1. Geneva -  July 30, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    I adore your cabinista. Seriously love, love, love it. It’s beautiful!!

  2. Charlee -  July 30, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Can I ask what you guys do to have and allow you to go to a summer home. Growing up, my parents were low/middle class and we didn’t have a summer home however we did have a perminate camp site at a camp ground we went to every summer and never came home till a few days before school would start. I can’t remember a summer where we didn’t camp. (my parents idea of camping was a fully l

    • Xza Louise -  July 30, 2012 - 11:57 pm

      Thank you Charlee! I am a work-at-home-mom. In a nutshell I do small business branding and development and can work anywhere that has WIFI and iced tea. We’ve talked about owning a camper, but I’m glad we found Cabinista.

  3. Charlee -  July 30, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    Oops… Was a fully loaded camper with tv and dish lol)

  4. Amanda M S -  July 30, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Love your place! Super cute! I love how you kept it vintage. The new deck looks fantastic!

  5. Amanda M S -  July 30, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    Oh I forgot to add I want your high chair!!!! So awesome!!!!

  6. Heather P. -  July 30, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    So cute! I love it!! I’m a 50’s lover too!!!

  7. Misty -  July 31, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    I love it! I so wish I could have seen it in person. Looks great!

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