Into the Woods

indian-head-summer-big-edition-kraus

 

Driving down a winding country road, trees looming large on both sides of the road, windows rolled all the way down, and the smell of balsam strong in the air, I thought 0 for the first time in my life, I think – wouldn’t it be incredible to have a little cabin in the woods? Ok, ideally the woods would be more like a lakefront clearing, and the cabin would be a lodge with more than just the most basic of amenities. But you get the point. Villa Rustica.

Last week some family members and I took a day trip into the Adirondack region of Upstate New York. Long a getaway for nature lovers, sportsmen, and wealthy city-dwellers, the region has a long history as an R&R refuge for generations of families. Lake Placid, one of the villages we visited, has even played host to the Winter Olympics – twice! Everyone from the Vanderbilts to Michelle Williams has called the area home. In fact, Michelle Williams recently got married in secret at her home there, where she had lived for years following Heath Ledger’s death. But really, the celebrity pedigree doesn’t matter, when the towns are this charming and the scenery is this beautiful. And as far as scenic getaways go, it’s quite affordable.

Long story short; it got me thinking. If I had a small lakeside cabin/lodge, how would I outfit it? It seems the trap would be to either be too polished, losing sense of place, or to err on the side of being too unfussy, too rustic, sacrificing a more personal design in favor of utility and local tradition. How do you strike the balance? I’ve included two photos below as examples of a starting point. You purchase a cabin, it likely comes at least partially furnished. Where do you go from there?

Inspiring-Images-of-DSC_0216.jpg-Small-Bedroom-Ideas-With-Double-Bed-Creative-Decorating-Ideas-768x510lakefrontgreat

Now don’t get me wrong, I like the simplicity, the comfort, the homey feel. But if I were the owner, and had say, $15,000 to make some upgrades, what would I do? For starters, I would not touch the hardwood floors, the wooden paneled walls and ceilings, the stone fireplace or the little black wood-stove. Those things feel so thoroughly part of the vernacular that to eliminate them or hide them would be inappropriate design. But rugs, seating, tables, light fixtures, and wall adornments are all fair game. Taxidermy? No thanks. Oars on the wall? I feel the same way about oars as decor as I do surfboards as decor. It’s gotta go. Below are some ideas:

ckq

vintage Calvin Klein quiltCapturelight

farmhouse lighting – simple and elegant 11502483_master

vintage game table, perfect for a rainy day but pretty to look at all the time and so fitting for a vacation cabinORG_2865022

warm, classic throw pillows in a nice plaidtim.clarke.interior.design.leather.weaved.dining.chair.furniture.furniture.seating.leather.wood.1487134693

leather weave dining chairs30224_Oushak_8_01_x_10_00_6_master

I love this green rug, you wouldn’t want too loud of a pattern since there’s lots of other pattern around, and the green brings the outdoors in

capcap

multicolor wooden beds. I like the detailing

b2a0ee1e310208b290ab398add53a2ea

again with the green – love this “rosemary” color from Le Creuset alluring-wicker-coffee-table-coffee-tables-rooms-gardens

rattan/wicker coffee table

anthrop

could look stuffy in a different fabric, but this print is fun and classy and would work well to offset more rustic pieces

anthr

Got to have some whimsy, something fun. This chair provides that

anth

and in case the chair wasn’t enough whimsy, these certainly are

DGD_Sofa_Plaid1_Edit_WEB_master
Love that this feels modern, and rustic. Beautiful subdued plaid and visible wood. A great piece.

anthro

Absolutely love this chair. Texture, pattern, detail. Pure class!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s