Getting your cabin or vacation home to feel like one of those classic log cabins you see in magazines and on TV isn't as easy as it seems. You need to take the time to carefully select each piece of furniture to help create that unique wilderness feel that allows key elements of the outdoors to come it while maintaining our favorite creature comforts at the same time. Here are some tips that will help you to create the perfect, cozy getaway for you and your family.
Start by looking at the area that surrounds your cabin or vacation home. Make note of the key features you see whether it be a lake, mountains, forests, wildlife, etc. Identify the elements of the surrounding area that you enjoy and make you feel good. As you begin to decorate your property, try to incorporate as many native natural elements as possible. This will help to blend your home in with the surroundings, making it look and feel as if it belongs there.
There are plenty of ways to do this ranging from the simple and very inexpensive such as arranging chopped native trees next to the fireplace to incorporating wood carved furniture such as chairs and tables. You can really blend your furniture in by adding throw pillows that use the colors of the immediate area surrounding your property or even images of local wildlife such as deer, elk, bears, fish, or birds.
Another fun trick you can do on a budget is to make a set of coasters using thin slices from locally obtained tree branches. While these subtle decorative items can complete the package, you still have to invest some money in making sure that your fixtures and larger furnishings stick to the theme.
One of the biggest keys to getting a warm and inviting rustic feel is to make use of soft, warm light. Table lamps and floor lights that cast gentle, reflected light are always a good choice. If you have a larger family room, kitchen, or living room area; consider adding a deer antler chandelier to give the space a classic and elegant source of light.
A picture is worth a thousand words! You've probably heard that saying hundreds of times but it really holds true when it comes to decorating. To complete your decorating project, look for images and artwork that depict regional items of interest, cultural history, or you and your family enjoying your favorite nearby activities.
I like to find work from local photographers at area art shows and in local shops. Having just the right image hung in a prominent area of your home will really help to tie everything together and form a visual and conversational focal point. You can personalize this step even further by taking your own photos and hand selecting your frames.
The key to getting just the right look and feel is to let your creativity flow. Don't be afraid to move things around and try different layouts. Once you find the perfect placement for a fixture or decoration, you will almost always know it right away. If something just doesn't look right or feel like it belongs, you can always trade it for something else.
Remember that decorating is a process and the best projects will develop over time. Have fun with your project and don't forget to get advice and suggestions from your friends and family so everyone feels a special sense of ownership and comfort when you finish the project.