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I love cabin magazine and especially look forward to the restoration articles. But i really haven't found the information i am looking for.Most "restorations" are really remodeling and updates and i think those "cabins" are destroyed with big windows, vaulted ceiling lights, modern appliances, new shiny floors,beams,and huge fireplaces.I have a cabin built in 1892 with hand sewn logs, tiny ceiling fixtures, a woodstove with a small but adequate chimney, and rough sawn floors. Am i wrong to want to spend money to keep it this way?When my family comes to the cabin we walk the meadow along the river, notice the wildflowers, the birds, the rock livestock fencing, not to mention the animals. Then we fix a meal in our simple kitchen and sit around the small kitchen table. When you're there you can feel the simplicity of that era. No phone or internet. No yard lights. The kids gather firewood, pick wild berries, plums, and apples or go fishing.
"Rustic cabins" aren't shiney and new. Show me how to keep it real.
Thanks for your input, "frontiercabin." And kudos to you for wanting to retain the authenticity of your place. We'd love to see photos. Feel free to upload some to our photo galleries (perhaps the "Small Cabins" gallery?). Let us know if you have any questions. http://cs.cabinlife.com/m
Emily HareEditorial AssistantCabin Life magazine
Cabin living is living YOUR dream. No one can dictate what "should" make your home a cabin. Choose your own decor and create your own ambiance. Hub and I love all things rustic, and we decorate with "found" objects. We don't care for resin replicas of antlers or driftwood made in foreign countries. But we have friends who have absolutely charming places with their walls covered with those things. If you want your emphasis to be on all the outdoor nature surrounding your place, that is what you will capitalize on. Introduce your guests to what is important and appealing to YOU. The rest will fall into place. It is easy to be intimidated by all the "big money" showy places. But home is where the heart is, and relaxation is where you find peace.
Well said, DriedFish!