A Rustic Cabin at the Edge of a Willow-Lined Stream Embraces Eclectic Design

A family home combines the rustic elegance of an Adirondack camp with the rugged sensibilities of a historic Wyoming hunting camp
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One of the most charming aspects of this Adirondack camp-inspired home is its connection to the creek that flows through the property. From the front porch and the fire pit seating: expansive views of the Grand Tetons. | Photo by Krafty Photos

From the back porch of their home in Wilson, Wyoming, Cathy and Jeff Dishner could see a small, rustic log cabin perched at the edge of a willow-lined stream. “It sits on the original homestead site of John Dodge, for whom the entire neighborhood is named,” Cathy says. Dodge, the black sheep of a wealthy family from “back East,” came to the Teton Valley in the early 1900s and, eventually, opened a successful hunting and fishing camp. He died in the 1950s but is still remembered as one of Jackson Hole’s “characters.”

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Sink-into seating is grouped near the massive stone fireplace. A window seat is perfect for relaxing. The faux-taxidermized Pendleton wool-wrapped elk head mount adds a bit of whimsy. Wicker chairs contribute to the casual cabin style. | Photo by Krafty Photos

When the cabin came up for sale, the Dishners snapped it up. “It is a beautiful log home—quirky and a little weird but absolutely beautiful,” Cathy says. “And I love old houses.” The Dishners live in a restored-but-modernized 1700s home in Connecticut and have been coming to the Jackson area for more than 20 years.The cabin’s exterior with its covered porches and sloping rooflines has a charming woodsy appearance, but the inside had been partitioned into a warren of small, dark rooms. Danny Wicke, architect and principal (along with architect John Carney) of Wilson-based Prospect Studio, was tapped to lead the restoration. “It was definitely ‘eclectic’ on the inside,” he remembers.

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Adirondack-style chairs (originally created in 1903) piled with comfortable cushions are ideal for lounging, napping and, after dark, stargazing. | Photo by Krafty Photos

The cabin’s exterior with its covered porches and sloping rooflines has a charming woodsy appearance, but the inside had been partitioned into a warren of small, dark rooms. Danny Wicke, architect and principal (along with architect John Carney) of Wilson-based Prospect Studio, was tapped to lead the restoration. “It was definitely ‘eclectic’ on the inside,” he remembers. Wicke immediately understood that his task was to remedy some of the home’s deficiencies and to bring some of the considerable charm of the exterior into the interior of the home. “The idea was to determine the narrative thread and to tie the building together so it was one complete thought,” he adds.

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“I wanted a bright, cheery, antique-inspired, open-plan kitchen,” says homeowner Cathy Dishner. Red retro-style appliances and checkerboard backsplash set the nostalgic tone. Northstar 1947 range in candy red by Elmira Stove Works; bar stools by Arteriors; pendant lighting (over the island) by Sundance. | Photo by Krafty Photos

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In the entry: The console and chair by heritage brand Old Hickory Furniture, two rustic Black Forest-inspired sconces, a bamboo fishing pole and the painting of a placid lake evoke nostalgia for the great 19th-century hunting-and-fishing camps. | Photo by Lisa Flood

From the start, it was obvious that the historical context would be the narrative thread in this Adirondack-camp-meets-the-Wild-West home. Care was taken to preserve the cabin’s best features—idiosyncratic built-ins, the stair rail made of hand-scraped hickory branches, randomly placed interior windows, the powder room that’s wallpapered in USGS topographical maps, and a cozy office nook with views to the stream and the willows where the moose love to congregate. “I was always saying ‘let’s not discard anything, let’s reuse everything,’” Cathy recalls.

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Inspired by a gallery wall at Persephone (a popular local bakery/cafe), Cathy Dishner started collecting old fishing lures, tramp-art frames, historic photos and family memorabilia. “Like doing an intricate puzzle,” she says. | Photo by Krafty Photos

For help with the interiors, the Dishners enlisted the services of Shannon White Burns, principal of Jackson-based Shannon White Design. “They wanted an Adirondack-inspired hunting camp that was a natural fit in Wyoming,” she says. The décor began with the homeowners’ antiques, camp pieces, quilts and photographs. New elements—furnishings, floor tile, wallpaper, curtains, books—were added as needed.

In the cheery and compact kitchen, for example, the cab­­­inetry is original while the cherry-red appliances are vintage-inspired reproductions. The checkerboard backsplash contributes to the nostalgic look. “It was quite a challenge for both architect and builder because nothing goes in completely straight lines,” says White Burns.

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In the dining room: an Old Hickory table, painted wicker dining chairs from Cottage Home, vintage Hunter Douglas wooden blinds. | Photo by Lisa Flood

As with any renovation, there are surprises, and things are not always as they initially appear. Wicke notes that it is important to take cues from the existing structure. “A building will show you where the challenges and opportunities are,” he says, “but you have to be humble enough to follow those guidelines.”

One of the unexpected opportunities: the one-car garage, much too small for modern cars, was reimagined as a guest bedroom. Upstairs, the garage’s attic (once a caretaker’s cramped apartment) was converted into a white-and-light-filled loft with large windows that frame the Grand Tetons. But some of the best views are not actually from inside the house. “There’s a little deck near the stream where we like to sit, looking out over the sage grass to the ruins of John Dodge’s original cabins … and all the way to the mountains beyond,” Cathy says.

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The four-poster twig bed is by Dartbrook Rustic; patchwork quilt and pillows by Southampton, New York-based Judi Boisson. Wall-mounted sconces with glass shades were sourced from Sundance. Closets are concealed in the wall behind the bed. | Photo by Lisa Flood

One of the stories that still circulates in the Teton Valley goes something like this: When Dodge’s sister came for a visit (this would have been sometime in the 1920s), she was appalled to see him living in a simple log cabin in the wilderness. “What do you see in this godforsaken place?” she asked. He pointed to the rugged and majestic Tetons and said: “What else does a man want when he has all that.” True then. True now.

Renovation: What to Expect

Danny Wicke, architect and principal of Prospect Studio, gives his perspective on renovating vintage and historic houses:

  • Hire a thoughtful practitioner who is willing to “listen” to the building and take cues from the existing context. Someone who can weave the narrative of the past with the narrative of the future. Look at his/her previous projects. Ask questions. 
  • Beware: Nothing is as it appears to be Circumstances that you thought were one way turn out to be something completely different. Look for opportunities and you’ll find them in among what appear to be setbacks. 
  • All old homes have idiosyncrasies Figure out how extensive and pervasive they are and find a way to mitigate or embrace them. Decide what elements bring beauty and character to your home and concentrate on those. 
  • Be flexible Renovating a historic property means constantly reevaluating the value and redefining the narrative.
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Woodland animal wallpaper by Spoonflower adds regional charm. Another bath (not pictured) is papered in old USGS topographical maps. | Photo by Krafty Photos


PHOTOS: Krafty Photos & Lisa Flood

ARCHITECTURE: Prospect Studio

INTERIOR DESIGN: Shannon White Design 

CONSTRUCTION: Two Oceans Builders 


PHOTO STYLIST: Style Jackson Hole


ART HANGING: Teton Art Services 



B&W Photos: The Jackson Hole Historical Society’s Collection

Oil Paintings (Grouse, aspens and geese – in the tramp art frame): Dead Artist’s Gallery



Le Troyen Sofa: Nielsen-Metiér, Denver Design District

Front Porch: Red Painted Bentwood Rockers



Console: Old Hickory Furniture

Curtains: Sabine Soft Furnishings (Zoffany “Woodland Animals”)

Wall Sconces: Black Forest Decor



Rustic Antler Mirror: Dartbrook Rustic 

Café Curtain Casement Fabric: Calvin Fabrics



Barstools: Arteriors

Island Pendants: Sundance

Breakfast Table Pendant Light & Ceiling Lights, Kitchen and LR: Shades of Light

Painted Wicker Dining Chairs: Cottage Home

Built-in banquette Cushions (fabric): Brunschwig & Fils “Brunschwig Plaid”

Dining Table: Old Hickory Furniture



Books: Curation by Foxtail Books/Christy Smirl

3 sconces above bookshelf: Shades of Light

Wall Sconces (antler double-sconce and larger antler sconce w/ shades): Black Forest Décor

Twig American Flag Art: Dartbrook Rustic

Carpet Runner: Grand Teton Floor & Window



Rustic Desk Chair “Edison Office Chair”: Chelsea Home

Pendleton Upholstered Recliner: Pottery Barn

Moose Paddle Desk Lamp: Black Forest Décor

Rustic Lantern Wall Sconce: Black Forest Décor



Leather Sectional: West Elm

Roman Shade Fabric: Sanderson (Pinecone fabric)



Two Painted White Wicker Chairs: Mulligan’s

Fabric on Mulligan Chairs: Holland & Sherry wool plaid

Fabric on Drapes: Holland & Sherry wool plaid

Fabric on Sofa Pillows: Johnston’s of Elgin wool plaid (red)

Pendleton Wrapped faux mount: Faraway Lovely

Area Rug: Stanton at Grand Teton Floor & Window



Faux Wood Mount: Pottery Barn

Wall-Mount Sconces w/ Glass Shades: Sundance

Four-Post Rustic Log Bed: Dartbrook Rustic

Quilt, Quilted Pillows: Judy Boisson

Wicker Chair (black): Dartbrook Rustic

Cushion Fabric on Wicker Chair: Fermoie

Built-In Window Seat Cushion Upholstery: Lone Peak Upholstery 



Mirrors: Shades of Light

Accessories on Vanity: Black Forest Décor

Sink Skirt: Sabine Soft Furnishings (Lisa Fine Textiles “Rambagh” in Curry)

Shower Tile (walls): Cle Tile

Bathroom Floor Tile (ceramic green hex): Architectural Tile & Stone



Woodland Animals Wallpaper: Spoonflower

Trough Sink, Faucets: Kohler

Bathroom Floor Mosaic: Jeffery Court at Architectural Tile & Stone



Abaca Woven Twin Headboards: Padmas Plantation at Houzz

Pendleton “Yakima Camp” Wool Blankets: Pendleton



Reproduction Iron Bed: Four Hands at Dartbrook Rustic Goods

Wool Check Curtain Fabric: Holland & Sherry 

“Elk Fabric” Pillow on Bed: Sanderson



Black and White Wallpaper: Cole & Son’s “Woods” at Kravet, Denver

Vanity: Signature Hardware

Mirrors in Bathroom: West Elm

Master Bedroom Vintage Metal-frame Upholstered Headboard: Four Hands

Decorative Blanket and Pillows on the Bed: Pendleton

Birch mirror & Vanity: Pottery Barn

Red Painted Wicker Nightstands: Cottage Home



Lantern Wall-Sconces: Black Forest Décor

Faux Fur Bean Bags: Moore & Giles

Ticking-Style Mattress and Cover (for built-in daybed): J.F. Fitzgerald Upholstery

Sectional: RH Teen

Circular Reclaimed Wood Cocktail Table: Four Hands

Vintage Poster Art w/ Bear: Dartbrook Rustic Goods



“Crested Butte” Adirondack Chairs (around firepit): mountaintimechairs.com, found on Etsy

Rustic Cedar Chairs on North Deck: Wayfair

Teak furniture on Back Deck: Chic Teak at Houzz


As Featured in ML’s September/October 2023 Issue

Categories: Rustic Homes