A Rustic Adirondack Cabin Passed Down Through Generations
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg | Wilmington, NY
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg are freelance creatives who spend summers at Emily’s family’s cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. The couple, a photography and styling team called Heidi’s Bridge, host dinners and workshops and curate a lifestyle blog. Because they are based in Philadelphia and New York City, they cherish these escapes north as a means of inspiration and as a way to return to their roots. Emily’s grandparents moved to the cabin in the 60s, her grandfather playing trumpet and her grandmother singing in a band at the Lake Placid Club. “It was their affordable place to live during the summer,” she says.
The cabin is quaint – boasting a tin roof, eclectic wood furniture and showcasing many things Emily’s grandmother made and found. “My grandmother was really crafty—the original DIY-er—and she basically decorated the place with found objects.” Emily’s favorites being the stained glass windows her grandmother found on the side of the road.
“The happiest I ever am,” Emily explains, “is when Erick and my closest friends are together in the cabin.”
“My grandpa bought the cabin after being stationed at The Lake Placid club during WWII where he played trumpet in the symphony. This summer, we learned from our elderly neighbor (and his best friend who owns the adjoining property) that the two friends bought their cabins from the Haselton Lumber Company in the 40s. We’re so grateful they did because I can’t imagine the surrounding woods being used for logging.”
“Another great feature about the cabin are the giant windows in the living area. The original owner was an artist who needed the light for his painting. We like keeping them open at night for the breeze and to listen to the sounds of the night.”
“Almost all of the furnishings in the cabin are left from my grandmother–an artist who had a knack for finding curbside treasures and restoring them into beautiful pieces. She had such a great eye for finding items with character and I love how every piece in the cabin has a story behind it, like this white hutch that she bought in an auction of famous hotel that had burned down. I wish she were still alive today…we would have been the best thrifting partners!”
“While we spend most of our free time hiking nearby trails, biking around the country, or swimming in the lake, some of our most treasured time is when we’re resting. We don’t have TV, internet, or much cell service at the cabin so it forces us to disconnect, slow down, and enjoy the simple things that we normally don’t have time for the rest of the year. We burn through tons of books and play a lot of board games–it’s heavenly!”
“We have the best farmer’s market in the nearby town of Keene. We love the man who runs the orchard booth because he always has the most interesting produce, which we end up snacking on all week.”
“The room on the left is the master bedroom, which still holds my grandfather’s fishing gear. The room on the right is our living area where we share our meals, hang with friends, and read at night.”
“This is Heidi’s Bridge–the namesake bridge for which our company is named. It runs over a tiny stream that cuts through the surrounding woods. It’s our happy place!”
“This summer, we built this outdoor shower for ourselves and it’s the best! Showering outside in nature is an incredible experience and super relaxing.”