Where the Living Is Easy | Casual Log Cabin Decor

Pull together cabin-worthy decor with these down-home yet stylish tips.

Where the Living Is Easy 

Cabins have their own carefree way about them that's low-maintenance and meant for easy living. Use these decorating guidelines to create your own classic cabin style where there isn't a care in the world except where you're going to watch the sunset.

Mismatched and Loving It
Your second home or vacation getaway invariably ends up being the second home for furniture as well. The odds of having matching sets of sofas and chairs are slim, but this doesn't mean you shouldn't have an overall design concept in mind.
    To make the eclectic approach work, take stock of your hand-me-downs or buy less-expensive items from furniture outlets and, yes, garage sales. The important thing is to have one consistent thread running throughout your cabin decor that ties everything together, whether it's one color, a style or a finish.

A Personal Touch
The little things mean a lot, but those overlooked yet essential ingredients make all the difference. Your full-time home has them, and so should your getaway. Line hooks up in a row under the kitchen cabinets and hang mugs brought from home. Use baskets to hold loaves of bread, or take them on berry-picking excursions. Invest in candles and soft light sources for public rooms, and remember to hang family photos on the wall—any wall. They're full of relaxing memories from past vacations.
    We're all guilty of not taking enough vacations. That's why, when you do find a weekend to brave the traffic to your cabin getaway in the woods or on the lake, you want to be as comfortable as you would in your full-time home.

Read the full story in the August 2005 issue of Log Home Living.

Photo by Franklin and Esther Schmidt