January – The Month of Hibernation

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For us in the New North, January is not for the meek. We have temperatures that bounce below zero with wind chills so low it makes it hard to breathe. Either you celebrate the snow or hibernate from it because there’s no getting around the bone chilling cold and the low blue light of these winter months. It’s time to get cozy and stay warm!

Found hand knit mittens – still in stylist’s collection  Photographer @joellarson; Art Director/Stylist Barbara Schmidt @studiobstyle

Found hand knit mittens – still in stylist’s collection

Photographer @joellarson; Art Director/Stylist Barbara Schmidt @studiobstyle

Now that our post holiday focus is back to everyday life we start resetting our surroundings in the frozen tundra. We try to enjoy all the snowfall with winter sports and long walks. A soft snowfall is great but the warm up after is even better!

Favorite hat of the shoot. Photographer @joellarson; Art Director/Stylist Barbara Schmidt @studiobstyle

Favorite hat of the shoot. Photographer @joellarson; Art Director/Stylist Barbara Schmidt @studiobstyle

One snowy weekend photographer Joel Larson and a crew trekked up to Seven Pines Lodge in Siren, Wisconsin to shoot some lifestyle fashion.  This place was very special for me. I’d gotten married here years before with all my family and friends. The marriage didn’t last but the memories of an entire weekend spent at the 1914 log lodge and camp did. One of the best weekends ever.

Rumors have it that Seven Pines is under renovation but that is unconfirmed. https://www.leadernewsroom.com/2018/03/28/restoration-on-historic-seven-pines-property-to-begin-this-spring/

Cozy corner at Everwood Farmstead created to enjoy the wood-burning stove in the foreground and the view of pasture out to the barn.

Cozy corner at Everwood Farmstead created to enjoy the wood-burning stove in the foreground and the view of pasture out to the barn.

There are so many great places to hibernate in Wisconsin and another is the Everwood Farmstead. Photographer Tim Nehotte and I trekked up to Everwood on a last minute mission for Spaces magazine a few years ago. It was so cozy. We brought up new and vintage décor to feature for the editorial.

The big communal dining room table at Everwood Farmstead where holiday celebrations and family gatherings

The big communal dining room table at Everwood Farmstead where holiday celebrations and family gatherings

It had been a crazy month and by the time we arrived I had the best day unwinding and reconnecting with nature. A change in scenery is always uplifting for me. Everwood is an amazing place where artists gather and perform, share and create. I fell in love with the cabin (read house) and it was pure delight to be able to shoot there. For more info see:  @everwoodfarmsteadfoundation.org


Barbara Schmidt