3 Weeks In

We’re now three weeks in to our renovation of The Hygge Suite. Although in some ways it doesn’t feel like we’ve completed much, when we look at how the bedroom looked before compared to how it looks now there’s a massive difference, even in its unfinished state.

Bedroom before
Bedroom during renovation

The room is much brighter, fresher and with that blue/grey shiplap wall, cozier. I’m loving how the floor turned out. We chose a waterproof laminate so it’s hard-wearing and will resist all the water and mud that’ll undoubtedly come into the suite from the lake and ski slopes. And the mirrored sliding doors reflect so much light into the room, they’re great! Plus you get to check out how you look before hitting the slopes, always important.

This week demo begins on the main living area – the floors and kitchen cabinets. One thing we never really thought about when diving into this renovation, was that being a one bed, one bath condo, living in the midst of renovations is not entirely that fun. And this week will definitely top that with no kitchen to cook any food. It’ll be microwave food and dry cereal for us this weekend. Wish us luck!

The Journey Begins

We closed on The Hygge Suite at the end of July 2020, and so the journey begins…

The Hygge Suite – BEFORE renovation, that view…

Currently The Hygge Suite, isn’t feeling very “hygge”. We inherited the old “North Woods” cabin style furnishings with the suite, complete with moose decor and canoe shelves. The suite hadn’t been updated since it was built in the 90’s, except for the new wood flooring you see in the photo above. We had some work to do!

Living three hours away from the suite, and it being in a fairly remote location, and not to forget the fact that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, the renovation plan is a little bit of a challenge logistically. So far we’ve moved a few pieces of furniture in and rearranged the furniture.

Not a complete make-over, but a definite improvement – new nightstands, lamp and pillows

Our plan is to fully renovate the suite to bring in that “hygge” feel to it. It will have a Scandinavian modern design to reflect the hygge origins, but also the origins of the Minnesota heritage. We’ll bring warm and cozy elements to the suite so our guests can truly feel at home.

Being that we’re first time hosts, this is definitely going to be a journey for us, not just on the renovation side, but also as a business. We love honest feedback, and so you’ll see plenty of questions and polls out there on our social channels to help us put together a design that you’ll love. Follow our journey @thehyggesuite and help us create something amazing.

From your hosts – Jo & Harvey