Our Amazing Outdoor Living-room

Our cabin is our mountain oasis, a space we can escape to and soak up the mountain air.  We love the outdoors and wanted an amazing outdoor living-room.  We hired a great guy to build the porch and then Henry and I used our newly acquired rock laying skills to finish off the fireplace.  Henry and I also cut, sanded, and stained the log mantel.  Now we have our treehouse living-room, outdoor kitchen area and this amazing 16×24 foot outdoor living-room.

A special crane had to be rented to bring our spa up and put on porch

The bears came out everyday to check the progress of the porch


Weekend Warrior Cabin Projects

We’ve been busy this summer!!! In late May we decided to close the boat up for the summer and head to our cabin. We did this to escape Florida’s bloody summer heat.  Although we have an amazing AC system on the boat, we find ourselves hunkered down inside the boat never leaving because of the heat and we feel like complete slugs doing this. We do travel back and forth once or twice a month to check on the boat and for me (Pat) to put in a few face to face days in at work

Here are a few of the projects we’ve gotten done.  As you may know we enjoy do it yourself project and are pretty darn proud of the results.

We needed more storage and decided to stack our washer/dryer, but once stacked the bi-fold doors wouldn’t close. We decided by-pass sliding barn doors would solve this issue and give us a more rustic look.  We pulled out our hammer and nails and got busy constructing doors and hanging the hardware I found online.

The following project was started last November and finally finished just in for our 4th of July celebration. Originally we had every intention of building our out door kitchen in a week but it kept getting put on hold because of the rain in Georgia and the beautiful winter sailing season in Florida.  Again, we are pretty proud of the results of our weekend warrior projects and we saved tons of money doing them ourselves.

We added our out door kitchen to our side deck.

I watched lots of YouTube videos to learn how to lay this rock.

Cabin Kitchen Makeover

I decided to give our little cabin kitchen a simple makeover. We had a broken dishwasher and replaced it with a much needed cabinet.  I couldn’t find a stock cabinet that matched the wood cabinets we had so I decided to paint all the cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I picked this type of paint because I didn’t have to do much prep work. It was super easy and super inexpensive; wipe down cabinets, add 2 coats of chalk paint and a couple of coats of wax. I added a little dark wax just to give the cabinets a little rustic character.


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I Spy a Bear!!

These are not pictures found on the Internet and it is not Henry dressed up! LOL!!  When we arrived at the cabin last week Henry immediately filled our bird feeder with food, and within 2 hours this bear cub wandered right into our front yard to have an afternoon snack.  Our neighbors have since informed us NOTHING should be left outside otherwise we will have regular unwanted visitors.

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A Change in Plans

A Slight Change In Plans! The golden rule for sailors: “Plans might as well be written in sand at low tide.” We’re huge planners and while it is important for sailors to make plans, it’s just as important to have the flexibility and imagination to toss those plans out the portal.

A year ago we dramatically downsized from our oversized seaside home and moved onto our sailboat to begin a unique lifestyle. We’ve had an amazing year living on our boat; however, we haven’t been able to permanently cut our dock lines as quickly as we had planned. Sometime between having our boat on the hard (aka in a cradle on land) for close to two months and then breaking my leg we decided to make a slight change in our plans and buy “landlubber” retreat. A place where we can escape from things like the bloody summer heat or the challenges of living with a broken leg on a boat. Or a place where we can just regroup and “put a little wind back in our sails”. Today, exactly one year after moving onto our sailboat, we have become the proud owners of a beautiful Smokey Mountain cabin. Now we have the best of both worlds, S/V Sweet Escape and Sweet Escape Mountain Retreat. Simplicity, Tiny Footprints and Amazing Views!!!