These Cabin-Inspired Décor Ideas Will Turn Your Home Into a Cozy Retreat
If you've ever found yourself wanting to retreat to a cozy cabin in the woods, you're not alone. Spending time in nature is essential to our happiness—especially if you live in a city—and can be meditative and calming. And as Zach Klein, co-founder of Vimeo and creator of the Cabin Porn blog (don't worry, it's safe for work!), says in the forward of his latest book, Cabin Porn: Inside ($28.80, amazon.com), there's a "seemingly universal appeal to bringing a simple building to life in harmony with the land around it." The thousands of cabin submissions that Klein has published on his blog and in his books aren't your run-of-the-mill (no pun intended) log cabins. These spaces imbue a sense of modernity while simultaneously holding onto the qualities that make cabins so special (think organic materials, natural surroundings, and simplicity).
If you want to invoke that charming cabin vibe in your own home—even if you live the most urban of areas—Klein has a few pieces of advice. First, remove the bright, cool lighting. "One interesting thing I've noticed about cabins is that they have a lack of artificial lighting, typically," says the San Francisco-based entrepreneur. "And if they do have it, it's usually candlelight or a low temperature electric light, which is a stark contrast to modern lighting design." Next, he suggests introducing handmade objects. "What's really important about cabins is that they're handmade, and tend to bare a lot of their maker's marks," he says. "A lot of modern-style décor is more refined in its production, and what makes modern cabins so interesting is that they still follow the direction of clean lines and clean angles, but are made with organic materials, often using manual methods."
Lastly, Klein says there's one true key to creating a cabin-inspired space—and that's curating small, cozy nooks (the opposite of that open-concept floor plan you love). To help you bring a cabin aesthetic and feeling to your home, here are some of our favorite décor picks and tips—right in time for the hibernating months.
Warm up with a Wool Blanket
This Pendleton blanket is iconic, classic, unbelievably warm—it's perfect for snuggling up with your loved ones and pretending you have a wood-burning stove.
Shop Now: Pendleton Glacier National Park Blanket, $259, amazon.com.
Add Handmade Ceramics
Fill these banded pitchers with flowers on a console or coffee table, use them for iced tea in the summer, or just set them on a shelf to be admired. After all, nothing says cabin quite like handmade pottery.
Shop Now: Farmhouse Pottery Yellowware Pitcher, from $165, food52.com.
Bring in Natural Elements
A side table made of an actual tree-stump introduces nature into your home and ups its rustic vibe in a refined way.
Shop Now: West Elm Natural Tree-Stump Side Table, $299, westelm.com.
Layer Your Rugs
Hygge and cabin-dwelling go hand in hand, and a fluffy sheepskin rug will warm up your feet—and introduce a cozy motif into your space—even on the chilliest of days. It's the ultimate layering piece, as well; top your year-round rugs (like a vintage kilim) with this option come winter for warm texture.
Shop Now: World Market Mongolian Sheepskin Area Rug, $109.99, worldmarket.com.
Try Open Shelving
Open shelving adds an air of simplicity—a staple in cabin living—for stacks of plates and cookware. Show off your prettiest ceramics and copper pots and leave the kitchen cabinets for unsightly appliances.
Shop Now: Terrain Reclaimed Pine Crossback Shelf, $1,298, shopterrain.com.
Forget the jarringly bright overhead light and get in the habit of lighting a candle (or three) in the evening—it's a pleasant and cozy way to unwind. This candleholder combines a classic base with a looped holder and a tall glass well for a bit of modernity.
Shop Now: Farmhouse Pottery Ceramic Silo Candleholder, from $48, food52.com.
Mix Up Your Tableware
Ditch the ornate china for simple, handmade plates and bowls in warm neutrals, and show them off in aforementioned open shelving when they're not in use. We love this mix-and-match dinnerware set—who says you have to stick to one color?
Shop Now: East Fork Pottery Classic Five-Piece Dinner Set, $128, eastforkpottery.com.
Opt for Warm Lighting
This LED rechargeable lantern casts a warm glow; they're essential on those evenings when you just want to curl up with a glass of wine and a good book. Since it's portable, there's no need for multiple light sources—it goes from sofa to table to bedside with ease.
Shop Now: Norm Architects "Carrie" LED Lamp, $179.95, menudesignshop.com.