But my sister-in-law had lived in it for several years, even bringing home her two small children here, so I knew it could be done. And I also knew that her family had taken care of a lot of the issues that come with living in a Pre-Civil War, log cabin (it was used as a hospital during the Civil War). They had already found most of the holes in the logs, added radiant heating to all the floors, and a second window unit for the heat of the summer, among many other things.
After a week or so, I knew I could handle it for a while. Within that amount of time we had faced mice (yes, that's plural), a frog, wasps and wolf spiders. While I didn't enjoy any of it, I was less of a wuss than I thought I would be. That's about the same time we decided to build, and because we are building a custom home and doing quite a bit of the work ourselves we'll likely be in here until late spring of next year.
Decorating has been a bit of a challenge. I'm still getting used to the space and playing with things to find out what works, but I've noticed why I've been struggling a bit. In our previous home I was constantly striving to add character to the rooms. The bones were rather plain and almost anything you put up against them worked. The cabin is a different story. It's bursting with character, from the log walls to the antique furniture throughout. In order to reach something I love, I've had to pare down significantly to let the bones shine.
Along with paring down, I've also found that adding a few modern touches helps to make the space my own.
Later in the week I'll show you a few changes I've made in the kitchen, to help it feel like home.
Do you have any tips for making a temporary house feel like a home?