Can A Log Cabin Be Updated?

A recent online e-design client requested help freshening up her log cabin up north somewhere  (I know, I know, I really should remember where).  After sending me lots of photos of her home, we spoke on the phone to discuss her issues, challenges, and desires for her home.   After two hours, we had a plan to get things moving in the right direction for her unique home.


She loves the rustic feel of the home, but wanted to paint her cabinets and do a few other things to improve her surroundings.  I helped her choose a paint color for her cabinets, new cabinet hardware, and new lighting for several places in her kitchen and breakfast room.  I also encouraged her to gather up her many pieces of equestrian art and create an interesting art grouping.   As she is progressing through the project, my client has sent me a few photos to let me know how she’s doing.

updated log home


I think her art grouping looks amazing!  The cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Fieldstone – which is actually more of a grayed green than the photo appears.  I’m still waiting for photos of the completed kitchen.  Of course, I’ll share the before and afters with you when I do.  Here’s the light fixture that previously hung over the breakfast room table:


That picture wasn’t taken in 2005 – she’s just like the rest of us, and doesn’t always have the settings on her camera correct!  Anywho, here’s a shot of the new light fixture:

edison bulbs


Those Edison bulbs in the new fixture are AMAZING!  I love my online clients – you never know what kind of interesting projects you’ll be working on!  If you need help sprucing up your space or choosing paint  colors for your home, schedule an appointment with The Decorologist today!

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Dana Tucker
8 years ago

The first house that Brooks and I bought was a log cabin. We loved the warmth of it at first, but the darkness of the wood got to us after a while. I love your suggestions and think you did a great job of bringing this cabin up to date.

Maria @ All Things Luxurious

Wow, her space looks fabulous! I can’t believe what a difference those changes made — gorgeous! Can’t wait to see before and after. 🙂 Happy Friday!

8 years ago

Ooohh aaahhh as always Kristie. Aside from the obvious, the lovely color of the cabinets and the outstanding lighting fixture, I love how you can now see the sofa, with that very nice sofa table behind it. The buffet lamps, side chair and plant really excentuate the equestrian grouping. Even the deer is smiling. Actually, I love log homes. I know they’re not for everyone. More importantly, I’m a firm believer in the simple notion that any style home always has room for upgrades and improvements. I can’t wait to see the finished project. I can also become your virtual… Read more »

Paula Van Hoogen
Paula Van Hoogen
8 years ago

Thanks Kristie! We pretty much live in the land of log cabins her in NC too, though not as many as in other mountain areas. They ARE a challenge to update, upgrade and bring light into. I like also the way you & she made a classier art arrangement on the wall. I like the new chandelier, but I love the old one too—wouldn’t that be cool in a master bath for re-purposing?
I’ll bet she’ll be thinking of Annie’s Chalk paint someday for her hutch too.
Good Job!!!

8 years ago

Another example of the power of PAINT! Some other thoughts for your client that I’m sure you’ve already suggested: a tablecloth with more color to it – perhaps even solid fieldstone blue as it’s likely right next to the kitchen; match the valance at the nearby window with the new, bright tablecloth; and if she doesn’t want to commit to painting the back wall of the wood hutch, perhaps she could paper it as you’ve done before? It may be sacrilege in her part of the US to adorn trophy heads but here in South Texas, they’re so commonplace that… Read more »

Anne marie
8 years ago

As I looked at the first pic I too thought art and paint cabs. Quick and easy. Love those cabs and a great color!

Donna Frasca
8 years ago

Love log cabins! I think they’re great with a lot of texture and natural colors. I’d bring in rich, deep reds, greens and chocolate browns – you know, the typical colors you’d see in a cabin. That’s funny how blue Fieldstone shot here – great color choice for the cabinets.

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