Cabin Fever

Rustic cabin in Madison
to be featured in national magazine

Brindel's home was selected
by Country Sampler

By Laura Goodwin
Contributing Writer

(January 2011) – Tami Brindel has loved log cabins her entire life. She never thought her obsession, however, would end up as an expose in a national magazine.

Tami Brindel Cabin

Photo by Laura Goodwin

Country Sampler magazine is set to
feature a log home in Madison
in one of its 2011 issues.

Country Sampler magazine arrived at her home, a log cabin on Presbyterian Avenue in Madison, Ind., for two days in December to photograph the log home’s interior and exterior decorated for Christmas. It was chosen out of many submissions, sometime in late October or early November, according to Gloria Gale, stylist for Country Sampler. The story and photographs may be featured in next year’s December issue, although they could be held until 2012.
“The magazine decides when they run the stories,” said Bill Mathews, photographer for Country Sampler. “We take the pictures for the assignments and submit them. They decide when they run.”
When asked about why Madison was chosen, Gale said, “I’d shot (photos) in Madison 20 years prior and woke up one night thinking, ‘Madison. Perfect!’ ” She contacted the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Marci Jones, who heads the Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes recommended Brindel’s cabin. Gale then contacted Brindel for test photographs, which Brindel took and e-mailed to Gale. Once the photos were approved by Country Sampler’s editor, the process quickly gained momentum.

Tami Brindel

Photo by Laura Goodwin

Log cabin owner
Tami Brindel also
owns Body, Mind and
Spirit massage in
downtown Madison.

Brindel, owner of Body, Mind, and Spirit massage business in downtown Madison, said she has always been fascinated with cabins. “My heart is in a cabin.” When this particular cabin came available, she jumped at the chance to own it.
The cabin itself is a culmination of two log cabins, circa 1840 and 1860. According to Brindel, the cabins were moved and combined as one dwelling around 2000, by Evan Sommerfeld. Both cabins were previously in different locations in Jefferson County, according to what she was told by the previous owner. Brindel said she believed that one cabin came from East Street and one from Dupont, Ind. The cabin was briefly a bed and breakfast business before Brindel bought it. She has only briefly lived in the cabin in 2010 and is in the process of purchasing it from its current owner, Orbin “Sonny” Ash.
Ash currently serves as the State of Indiana Historic Site Construction Manager and restoration expert. Brindel said she and her two sons, Tyler and Tanner, love their new home. She explained that they are the first people to actually use it as a “home” since its restoration.
Brindel, a collector of antiques and all things rustic, said she and her best friend, Rhonda Snyder, had fun decorating the cabin a few days prior to the photo shoot. Brindel and Snyder stayed awake for two days, decorating and removing ‘modern day’ items from the house. Snyder agreed that the decorating process was fun but somewhat of a marathon. “I do believe that a few cappuccinos were involved,” Snyder said.
Brindel’s cabin, along with homes in Knoxville, Tenn., and southern Illinois, were a part of this particular Christmas magazine assignment. Brindel said her cabin would also be featured in the 2011 Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes. “It would be great if the story in the magazine would run about the same time as the tour.”

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