Georgia on my Mind

Rustic furnishings and nature-themed decor lend warmth and coziness to this riverside log cabin in the foothills of Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

Georgia on my Mind
By Peter Lindblad
Photography by F & E Schmidt Photography One day Linda Quod is going to learn how to fly fish. Until then, she's content to sit on the porch and watch the trout jump from the river rushing past the Georgia log cabin retreat she shares with her husband, Ken. It's something you won't see in Queens, the New York City suburb where Ken and Linda grew up. "It's a silly dream for a kid from Queens, but I always dreamed of having a log cabin," Linda says. "I always loved nature and I always thought I wanted something out in the woods." She got her wish. The couple moved to the South about 25 years ago when the paper company Ken works for transferred him to Florida. Now living near Atlanta, the couple built a 2,600 square foot weekend home a little more than an hour away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a great place to get away from it all.

Here are some of the great design ideas that the Quod's came up with when building their river retreat: Pine D-logs treated with a borate and biocided, which stablizes the logs regardless of their moisture content. Two screened porches along the back of the home to enjoy the view while staying protected from bugs. Hickory floors are hard enough to hold up against pets paws. A coffee table made from barnwood, a bed carved out of pine and cedar, and a mantel that was carved by a local artist. To read the full story of the Quods' building project, check out the April 2004 issue of Log Home Design Ideas.