Decorating a Cabin or Lake Home-Part 2 Themes

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Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

 

9837 Beach Dr Birkenfeld OR 97016When decorating  the interior or even the exterior of a cabin or lake home, certainly themes can come into play. I’ve seen it all from bear themes, to nautical and in between.

 

 

Being the consummate cabin-on-the-lake girl, I love items with elk, deer,

 

Dreamcatcher on juniper table-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2012 Copyright All Rights Reserved

 

 

 leaves,

 

 fish Fall decor-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2012

9837 Beach Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016 Fish Art-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2102

 

and a lake theme intertwined  with wood-hued tones and muted shades of leather or fabric as the backdrop. Accent pieces can be rugs, granite or some other stone, appliances, mantel décor, pillows and/or throws casually tossed over a couch, bed or the favorite reading chair.

 9837 Beach Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016 Guest BR-Gayle Rich-Boxman 2012

 

Some people stick with pinecones as a running theme throughout the interior from switch plates to baskets or bowls filled with ones the family have gathered.

 

I’ve seen homes decorated with really cool old fishing tackle, and rustic antique cooking utensils. Mixing these things with the background of wood, leather or fur makes it really easy to go a variety of directions. If you’re going with a more rustic or traditional cabin look, you don’t want too much color as it makes it feel very contemporary or very artsy and it seems that the cabiny/lodge feel leans more towards earth tones with either whites, creams, greens, reds or yellows being accent colors.

 

One of the things I notice that some “lake people” are really drawn to are signs of all kinds.

Fishhawk Sign from Black Forest Decor-Gayle Rihc-Boxman 2013

(This was a special order from Black Forest Decor, thanks, Mom!)

 

 From lovely sayings written for wall hangings to linens, to frames that have things written on them, it can speak volumes to your neighbors and friends about your philosophy or just cause some laughter!

 

 

 (This was in one of my listings that I sold in 2011--the owner gave it to us as a gift for our new home, because he knew I loved it! I think it's an original).

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Rene Fabre
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Hi Gayle... nice post, I really enjoyed it. Having grown up in the PacNW I've been in a lot of cabins and homes that share the esthetic... I love pine cones, the wildlife, themes of fish and stone and wood. I like the two signs! 

Jan 23, 2013 05:13 AM #1
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Rene', so happy to see you! I always enjoy your comments...

Jan 23, 2013 05:35 AM #2
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
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Gayle I love this post. I live on the Leigh River in the Pocono's. My favorites are dear, bear, pin cones and fishing decor. After all, that's what's in my back yard.

Jan 23, 2013 06:59 AM #3
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Gayle-You are definitely a cabin on the lake gal. Nature is your friend and it shows in your posts which are always fun and delightful to look at. Always something new and fun. Love that rug and bedquilt.

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I laughed at that New Orleans sign Gayle. Your stager / decorator side is shining through today. You are very good at this BTW.

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Hi Gayle,

Great post.   Do you think there a such thing as mixing too many different themes together in one log cabin?  For example in one large room can the following peacefully co-exist:  a  deer/wildlife/moose paintings and other theme items combined with western saddles, pictures & horse stuff, plus antique toys that don't fall into either theme? 

p.s.  I'd like to be able to share your response with a soon to be seller.  :) 

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Suesan, you are right up my alley!

Sharon, I have another post I'm going to do on bringing nature IN. Can't wait--it just takes awhile with the photo part, but that's also fun for me (as you know).

Gary~I LOVE that sign! I smile every time I see it--glad you saw the humor in it, too. And I SHORE LUUUUUV TO DECORATE, Y'ALL!

Miss Sondra~yowza!!! I know that I'm the first one to say, even if it sounds crazy sometimes it works! I am such an eclectic person that I hate to squash creativity. BUT. As I wrote in another post awhile ago about declutter but don't sterilze, EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. If it's an artsy extravaganza, then the home doesn't shine through. It's like wearing too much eye makeup--somehow those pretty eyes can get lost with all of the STUFF around them and people can miss the soul behind them!

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I love seeing cabins that are actually decorated - with a theme! Most of the lake cabins I've seen have been furnished with whatever was no longer wanted in the "real" home. A mish-mash of whatever.

Jan 24, 2013 01:32 AM #8
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Marte, thankfully for the most part, I don't have to contend with that from sellers. There IS the occasional 70s theme which the cabin is woefully stuck in and I have to tread lightly as most often these people are completely unaware of how aged and tacky their stuff is!

(I love it when they say, "oh, and if someone wants to negotiate the furniture we would be willing to look at that"...when mostly, Goodwill would even turn it down!)

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Thanks Gayle! 

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