It’s official!

Designer in a Box is launching next week and I can’t tell you how excited I am to announce that Thursday, June 28 is the date – so mark your calendars!

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share a story that came up a few weeks ago.

As you might recall, I’ve occasionally made references to our rustic family cabin, nestled in the woods.

The one made out of logs.

In fact, I recently wrote about it in a post called “How to Decorate a Log Cabin”. That article was all about honoring the unique style of architecture in such a home.

This story refers to an unused shed on the premises that was converted to a guest cabin many years ago.

I know, that sounds fancy.

But trust me, it really isn’t.

What I love most about the guest cabin, is its small size.

It’s snug and cozy.

Yet, it contains everything you could possibly need, including a private bath. Although, I will admit, said bathroom isn’t much larger than what you’d find on an airplane.

Which is how we unwittingly flooded the place this past Spring, when we turned the water system back on.

Unbeknownst to us, the shower head was facing into the room, instead of the shower stall – and had also been left in the ‘on’ position.


Needless to say, that is how we managed to ruin the bedroom carpet since it was in close proximity.

It wasn’t a huge loss, though.



In my FREE Offer “7 Ways to Create Harmony in Your Home”, I discuss the need to honor the architectural style of your home.

I also emphasize the need to keep in mind the century in which you live! 

What do I mean by this?

This past weekend, I realized I had the perfect example to share with you, sitting right in my own back yard, so to speak.

You see, my family owns a log cabin nestled in the woods.

This log cabin gives the impression of being straight out of “Little House in the Big Woods” – the acclaimed series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder – although, unlike the cabin in the book, we do have electricity and running water.

Even so, it’s quaint and rustic, and cozy all in one package.

So, how does one decorate a log cabin?

How does one honor the unique style of architecture in such a home?

To my mind, the name alone evokes images of a quaint and rustic lifestyle, and that is a good place to start.

The location of the cabin also figures in and is always an important consideration. In this case, it’s in the woods – as I mentioned – with a river outside the front door.

In the off-season, the heat and water are turned off, and even though the climate is generally mild it can still get very cold and damp inside.

(These are always things to think about, regardless of where you live).

All of this would suggest nothing too fancy.

With that in mind, one could easily focus on the rustic style and invoke a traditional lodge look with lots of wood furnishings and chintz, and maybe a set of deer antlers above the stone fireplace.

I think you get the picture.

The interior is dark, by the way, due to all the logs that make up the frame of the cabin.

At times, adequate lighting is a challenge, especially at night.

One trick I’ve used to lighten things up, is to offset the darkness with creamy white, and other light colors – in the sofa cushions, towels and linens, and colorful throw pillows.

Another approach is to furnish the place with cast-offs from a previous residence.

You know, those things that many of us tend to have around the house that still have some life in them, but no longer serve a purpose?