Blending Log Cabin Living with Nature


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My family has been living in one of those log cabins for about thirty years now. Well, it looks like logs on the outside, whereas the inside it looks like a normal home. It started with my husband and I deciding to get that dream home in the woods. We found this house and knew that it was perfect for us. There is a gorgeous lake within view, and trees surround the rest of the area. Since we love hiking, we knew that this would be the perfect place for us. Over the years, we have accumulated three dogs, two cats, two kids as well as a handful of chickens, but the house still remains the same. Just the other day our oldest child remarked that our shag carpeting is looking a bit out-of-date. Now my kids tell me that I am old-fashioned about a lot of things, but I actually think he is correct on this one. The walk-out basement looks like it’s straight out of the 1970’s, with its burnt orange-brown carpet and wood paneled walls. I think it is time for a complete home makeover.

We wanted to be naturally inspired, since we live in the woods in one of these rustic homes. The living room was the first place to begin the new designing. We ripped out the existing carpet and put down beautiful hardwood floors. Then we painted the walls a light yellow/beige color, so it would not distract too much from the brand new floors. The furniture that we had was still pretty new, since we bought it just last year. However, the kids thought we needed to add a bit more flair and outdoor charm to the room. After some searching, we found this cute little faux skinned rug that looks perfect under the coffee table. Besides our beautiful stone fireplace, we felt that the room needed another focal point. It was then that I remembered that my uncle offered us a deer head that he shot last fall. It looks perfect above our wood beamed ceiling in our newly remodeled living room.

Then we moved onto the dining room. It did not need much work, but we did add a few things to spruce it up a bit. I purchased this ultra-rustic antler chandelier that looks great above the table. It definitely catches the eye when you enter the room. We also found an antique hutch and matching end table that compliment each other perfectly. To add to the natural décor, I placed pinecone potpourri in a wooden bowl on the table. I also cut some fresh flowers and put then in a decorative vase. The room was feeling somewhat cold, so I added a red, comfortable rug to warm it up and add some texture to the space.

The basement was a whole other story. It needed major redesigning. First things first, the shag carpeting had to go. We replaced it with a neutral beige carpet that was lightweight, durable, and much more contemporary. I wanted to keep at least one of the walls the existing wood paneling because it reflects nature as well as our past style. So we compromised and decided to take down the other three paneled walls. This would also provide a display wall perfect for special items and natural pieces, My kids thought a good color for the walls would be a sage green. They said it echoes the colors of the outdoors. Then we decided to accent it with red, yellow and plum colors that would really pop. Since the stairs need new railing, I thought a wrought iron one would provide a good rustic touch. Before we knew it, we had a totally different basement. This one felt so fresh and new. Plus, the kids aren’t ashamed to bring their friends down there anymore!

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One Response to “Blending Log Cabin Living with Nature”

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