Sweet Cabin Life


When we bought the cabin we decided we needed to build on an addition to provide another family room, weight room and upstairs bedroom suite. We wanted to make sure we had plenty of space for everyone to spread out and be comfortable when our kids and grandkids came to visit. And with elderly parents, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of easily accessible space should they ever need or want to come and stay with us.

The two story addition is 20×24 on each level with decks running down the front and back on the lower level.  I am focusing on the family room area in this post. I will do more on the weight room and bedroom suite in posts later. 

The log furniture, as all the log furniture in our cabin, was purchased at Logheads Home Center (formerly Rocky Top Log Furniture) The gas fireplace came with the cabin and was originally in the main living room. We moved it to the new room when we added a wood burning Vermont Casting stove and stone wall to that area. 

Several pieces of our wildlife statuette collection are on display throughout the room. Terry Redlin paintings and several of Stan’s knife collections adorn the walls. His father’s bible sits on the table that overlooks the creek and woods below.

The antique black woodstove, now used as an end table, had belonged to my Great Grandma Grace. When my mom gave it to me several years ago it was in really bad shape. Dirty. Rusted. Full of icky things I had to force myself to touch. I spent three weeks and lots of elbow grease to clean it up but it turned out great and like so many of the old things in our cabin, it is cherished and I will never part with it.

Hand scrapped hickory wood flooring and tongue and groove pine walls give the room a warm rustic feel and match the Northwoods decor throughout the rest of the cabin. Lots of windows provide sunlight and give easy access to the beautiful views in every direction.

Dustin’s Harvard teddy bear takes center stage on the over-sized chair and a whimsical stuffed moose and bear stand guard on the hearth. A twig and berry spray hangs on the front of the fireplace and an antique clock and assorted deer figurines adorn the top.

The abundance of natural light, the comfy oversized furniture and endless views out the many windows makes the room an idea spot to hang out or read and is why most days you will find me there working on this blog. 

I hope you liked the tour of our new family room and that it may provide you some helpful decorating tips to use in your own home or cabin.



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