Log homes and cabins are naturally energy-efficient, since the log construction acts as a natural insulator. But that hasn’t stopped log home builders from working on the cutting edge of green technologies. After all, log home enthusiasts are known nature lovers—why wouldn’t they want to build with an eye toward sustainability and conservation? Builders are helping customers fulfill their desire to be green with a variety of green technologies.
Vintage and retro looks are undeniably popular. And while vintage styles might not scream “cabin décor,” some casual vintage touches can make your rustic room seem homier and more welcoming. Antique accessories, retro finds or items made from reclaimed materials have a traditional look that works perfectly in a rustic setting.
Chandeliers make a welcome addition to a cabin. They warm up a cozy kitchen, and they do a good job of lighting up a roomy log living area. Choosing and installing a chandelier can seem like a daunting task, however. Fortunately, with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to installing the golden glow of a chandelier in your room.
A woodsy lodge look is ultimately about paying homage to nature, whether in natural, unfinished materials or in designs inspired by the outdoors. So it’s no surprise that cabin décor is full of natural looks—natural bark finishes, leaf and pinecone designs, wildlife art and patterns. If you’re going for an abundantly rustic look in your cabin, here are a few ways to use nature-inspired designs to create a rustic haven.
Cottage style can be hard to define. It’s a country look with lots of vintage elements, along with turned wood and delicate scrolling for a pretty touch. It’s very much about classic American style, and its’ very warm and inviting. So how does cottage style work in the cabin? That country look creates a perfectly welcoming rustic kitchen or living area. The vintage charm and distressed finishes of cottage style work wonderfully in a cabin setting.
So you want a rustic, lodge feel in your home or cabin, but your funds for redoing a room are limited. Not to worry. There are plenty of small changes you can make to a room to give it a new rustic style without breaking the bank.
Okay, so “breakfast nook” sounds super cutesy, but all the term really means is a casual place to eat. It might mean built-in benches with a small table, or a bistro table in just the right spot. However it’s constructed, a breakfast nook gives you a place to sit and enjoy a small meal before you head out the door. In the cabin, nooks and bars make perfect sense—they make a quiet place to enjoy that first cup of coffee and piece of toast, and they give you a place to stop and eat before you hit the trail or the water.
Creating the atmosphere and energy you want in a room can present a challenge, whether you’re going for soft and relaxing, adventurous and outdoorsy or fun and spirited. One way to create a unique look is to mix patterns. It might go against instinct to combine patterns that are completely different from each other, but the result can be an interesting, inviting look in whatever theme you love.
A cabin or log home looks great with lots of open spaces. Clutter is the enemy of showing off those gorgeous log walls. But in any home, organization and storage space can be a problem. Where do you put everything, especially your outdoor gear and equipment? Here are a few ideas for maximizing your storage space.
If you’re not at your cabin or log home year-round, you probably don’t want to keep a lot of food there, particularly not anything perishable. Fortunately, there are some healthy meals you can make using only non-perishable and frozen foods. Here are some of the items you can leave at the cabin indefinitely and use to make healthy, flavorful meals when you arrive at the cabin.