Though I’ve never been the “outdoorsy” type, I’ve discovered over the last several years that natural light is a crucial factor in my mood and productivity. I’ve always required at least 8 hours of sleep, preferably 9, and if I don’t get that I’m toast by mid-afternoon. Being a mom of small children has certainly cut my slumbering hours down, and it has been working through this stage of my life that I really discovered how important light is for my well-being. (We’re even laying our next home out according to light.)
While the cabin is full of charm and character, it is not a place that screams “let’s get to work!” It’s more of a place that whispers, “why don’t you just curl up on the couch with the door open so you can listen to the fountain while browsing Pinterest?”
And even though I wouldn’t change things like the log walls, the antiqued wood floors, or the brick pavers, I can’t help but change some other elements to brighten things up a bit.
How about that sink? If I have to hand wash dishes, this is the sink I want to look at while doing so.
True to the style, there are no cabinets, just a counter with old table legs. My mother-in-law had some nice curtains up, but was having them cleaned when we moved in, so I unfortunately don’t have a picture with them, but you can see one of the panels on the right side of the counter. They were a pretty, deep blue which worked well in the space, but I thought this was an opportunity to create some more light. I went to my favorite, local home store and picked up a neutral, heavy weight cotton and a bit of ticking for a trim and got to sewing.
I love how it brightens up this spot, but stays true to the cabin’s feel. Adding the Persian rug that I found at a store closing sale a few weeks back brings in a bit of my personal style and some other nice colors to the mix. I mentioned earlier this week that I’m trying to keep things clean and simple to let the character shine. The cabin isn’t huge, but using every inch of storage and keeping counters and tabletops as clean as possible gives the illusion of more space.
The kitchen had open shelving long before it was the thing to do.
This hutch was another area I wanted to lighten up and bring in a bit of my style. The details of this thing shine on their own: the original, wavy glass in the doors, the pull out counter, and the pull out bin – perfect for root vegetables.
By clearing it out and placing some antique white pottery in the cabinets, it feels fresh and more modern. Using the old scale and the butter churner helps to tie in the cabin feel and the Staffordshire dog is a nod to my love of all things English. I think art brings so much to any space and the oil painting I picked up for $2 gives character but the color palette melds well with the rest of the space.
I would still like to update the bedding a bit and move a few things around in the living room, but I really just want to enjoy this beautiful place for what it is. It’s not necessarily my style, but I can definitely appreciate it. And how many people get to say they lived in a log cabin? I’m always up for something a bit different.
This weekend we’ll be meeting with our architect and things are really starting to take shape with our new home. I hope to get together some of my inspiration to give you a peek next week.
Any other tips you have for lightening up a space?