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In Arkansas, A Couple’s Log Cabin in the Heart of a Fishing Resort

by Sofia Tuovinen

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Lindsey and Laurel White live on Lindsey’s Resort, a fishing resort that they manage in Heber Springs, AR. The resort was originally founded by Lindsey’s grandfather in 1965 — his grandmother stocked the first trout in the river. When Lindsey and Laurel eventually started managing the business, they had no intentions on living smack in the middle of the resort. However, the 20-year-old cabin that Lindsey’s grandfather had built on the property was available to rent and perfect for their needs. Lindsey and Laurel, who dated for 11 years before they eloped last year, now love living on the resort. They truly cherish waking up to a view of trees and being surrounded by nature — being home together at lunchtime is an added bonus! Laurel, whose passions are decorating and helping friends style their homes, has made it her mission to fill her and Lindsey’s cabin with amazing thrift store finds and pieces that add to the homey, lived-in feel.

“When I walk into our home, I feel like it’s an oasis amidst our very busy schedule,” she explains. She’s all about finding things that both serve a purpose and look good — with limited space, keeping things functional is a definitive must. “I have learned that it doesn’t matter where you live or how long you’re planning on staying in your home, there are always easy changes you can make, so that your home reflects who you are and what you love, no matter the budget,” she adds. Whether they’re sipping coffee at the kitchen counter-turned-dining table, or enjoying a couple of Lindsey’s renowned margaritas on the porch, one thing’s for sure — Lindsey and Laurel have created a space where they both feel extremely loved and incredibly at home. —Sofia

Photography by Laurel White / @laurelvictoriawhite

Image above: The front entry of Lindsey and Laurel’s cabin. Lindsey’s grandfather used wood from trees on the fishing resort’s property to build the cabin back in 1998. 

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The two-bedroom cabin has an open living area and kitchen that Laurel has filled with numerous thrift store finds. “Our brass coffee table is pretty big for our living room, but we love eating dinner at it while watching The Office. I’m on the hunt for a new sofa, but until then, I covered our old leather couch with two linen curtain panels,” she shares.

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“Since I’m all about function, our stainless steel table doubles as a dining table and gives us more space to cook and prepare our meals,” Laurel says. Because of the limited amount of storage space, the couple use the beautifully aged cabinet in the corner of the kitchen as their pantry.

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When we first moved in, I didn’t like how our kitchen, dining, and living room were all in one open space,” Laurel explains. “Since then I have embraced it.”

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The French Louis chairs that Laurel found at a local shop in town create the perfect contrast between the stainless steel dining table.

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“I love to repurpose all around our home. For example, we use this wrought iron log holder for our cutting boards. Before that, it held rolled up throw blankets in the living room,” Laurel shares.

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Lindsey and Laurel by the river at Lindsey’s Resort, the fishing resort that they manage together. “We are so thankful that we live on such a beautiful river. I really love evening boat rides,” Laurel says. 

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View from the couple’s bedroom to the living area. “Every morning I open all the blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible,” Laurel shares her morning routine. “And I love seeing all of the trees around our cabin.”

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The bedroom is Laurel’s favorite space. The wooden walls add to the warm and cozy feel throughout the cabin.

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I love how our cabin is always evolving… after a while, I feel like things get stale and I need to rearrange and freshen things up. I’m always trying to make it more functional for us and our everyday needs,” Laurel explains. 

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Laurel found the vintage Japanese folding screen at a flea market. “Since we don’t have a headboard, I thought it would be perfect above our bed. I love the feeling it brings to our room.”

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Laurel’s nightstand holds some of her most cherished items — nighttime oils, magazines, and the lady looking in mug that was a special find. 

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“What we love most about our cabin is that his grandfather built it.” Lindsey and Laurel

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The couple’s porch is the perfect hangout spot for everything between morning coffee and nighttime margaritas.

SOURCE LIST

Porch
Outdoor sofa & terracotta planters – Target

Living Area
Scarf – Madewell
Faux fur throw – Target

Dining area
Mexican Cathedral watercolor – Shelby Keniston.
Wooden bead wall hanging – Tumble
Light – Restoration Hardware

Bedroom
Euro Shams and coverlet – Bella Notte
Oil rollers – Wood & Oils
Faux fur slippers – J Crew
Vintage Lady Looking In mug – The Vintage Market in Heber Springs, AR

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