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Unplug at the Stewart Settlement Co-op

A local wedding venue is home to an Airbnb that’s as trendy as it is unorthodox: a repurposed shipping container with serious flair.

By Lillian Stone

Jun 2018

Photo by Heather Burton PhotographySnuggle up on the Co-op’s platform bed. The hexagon shelf on the headboard was made by Dustin, who owns DG Stewart Design and Fabrication.

Chained to your desk this summer? Recall the days of leisurely summer vacations and limited cell phone access at the Stewart Settlement Co-op in Pleasant Hope. The Co-op, owned by Dustin and Lacy Stewart, is primarily a wedding venue, but it’s also home to one of the area’s trendiest Airbnb destinations: a repurposed shipping container with bright white walls and minimal Southwest-inspired decor. It’s almost like a grown-up version of your favorite childhood summer camp cabin. The container is equipped with a comfy queen-sized bed and a pull-out futon, making it the perfect place for a couple’s getaway or a weekend away with friends. The container is also adjacent to an outdoor space for grilling, stargazing and socializing. Perhaps the best part? There is absolutely no cell phone reception or Wi-Fi inside the container. To book your stay, visit stewartsettlementcoop.com or check out the property on Airbnb. After that, set your away message for the weekend and get ready to unplug.

Photos by Heather Burton PhotographyThe Stewarts got these wall hangings, which are displayed above the space’s kitchenette, from Rachel Denbow. The Springfield-based artist is behind the popular Smile and Wave DIY blog and wrote DIY Woven Art that was released in 2016.
Photos by Heather Burton PhotographyThe modern couch in the living room adds to The Co-op’s minimalist vibe. The side table is another creation from DG Stewart Design and Fabrication.
Photos by Heather Burton PhotographyThe Stewarts designed The Co-op to have a modern, Southwestern vibe. Dustin made the wooden counter top, and the couple sourced the other furniture and decor from various stores. They found the bohemian wall hanging at Springfield’s Refine Studios and purchased the rugs from Day’s Floor Co. in Marshfield.
Photos by Heather Burton PhotographyUnsurprisingly, the Co-op has an open floor plan with the living room and kitchen area at one end of the shipping container. In addition to handmade and new goods, the Stewarts included some vintage items in the space, including the privacy screen and the peacock chair, which they found at A Cricket in the House in Springfield.
Photos by Heather Burton PhotographyArtwork, including this vintage bamboo print, is tastefully placed throughout the Airbnb.
Photos by Heather Burton PhotographyThe cactus print above the peacock chair is from Lilac Paperie.