HOW TO DECORATE A LOG CABIN

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?

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THE EVOLUTION OF A DESIGN

Our get-away cabin in the woods is fairly rustic. 

For the most part, I’m content with the rusticity. However, from time to time I dream of updating the kitchen – and bringing it into the 21st century with better storage and lighting.

Every once in awhile, a new idea comes to us out of the blue.

Which is exactly what happened, when my husband suggested one day, that we extend one of the cabinets about 5” –  since it didn’t quite take up all the space allotted to it on that particular section of wall.

It was enough room for a vertical strip of cubby holes, perfect for bottles of wine, he thought.

I loved the idea.

The more we talked about it, the more our vision grew beyond mere bottles of wine.

I started to envision extra storage, plus a narrow vertical cabinet to house baking sheets and pans.

So we called in a cabinet specialist/handyman who listened to our ideas and suggested a few of his own.

A much more sensible approach, he pointed out, would be to replace the cabinet in its entirety, especially since it had already fallen short of its intended purpose.

He was absolutely right.

Tacking on to something that isn’t working well to begin with, is not a solution – it’s simply a half-baked way to try & make it right.

Would I recommend such an approach to a client?

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