cabin in Madison
to be featured in national magazine
home was selected
by Country Sampler
(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.
by Laura Goodwin
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 homes 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 years 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, Id 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 Brindels cabin. Gale then
contacted Brindel for test photographs, which Brindel took and e-mailed
to Gale. Once the photos were approved by Country Samplers editor,
the process quickly gained momentum.
by Laura Goodwin
Tami Brindel also
owns Body, Mind and
Spirit massage in
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,
Brindels 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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