Something to Crow About

Doesn’t this photo make you want to giggle? Red & white is just so cheerful!  We found the rooster and hen figurines at an auction last week, and they made me think of a couple of other red & white enamelware pieces we got over the summer. Put them together with a vintage tablecloth, red canister […]

A Snug Read

There’s nothing more fun than gathering pieces from a few different sources to make a vintage vignette. We found these awesome children’s books from the 1940s in an antique store in Erie, Pennsylvania. The pair of beautiful red oil lamps are from a second-hand shop in North Tonawanda, New York, and the wool plaid afgan is […]

Great Finds!

We went to our first estate auction yesterday.  Lots of rustic vintage and antique items. We came away with 15 treasures – our biggest haul ever! Most of the folks there seemed to be interested in farm equipment, which left the “smalls” and household goods to us.  The prize is the prettiest hand-stitched wedding ring […]


Bottle This

I fell in love with this photo on Pinterest, (are you addicted like I am?) from a Russian website.  I wanted to see if I could create something similar, so this weekend, I hunted up vintage and antique bottles at an estate sale and a couple of local antique stores. It’s amazing what you can […]


Iris Apfel

I just watched the best 3 minute video about decorating I’ve ever seen, on One King’s Lane.  You can watch it here: Ms. Apfel is a 92-year-old doyenne of decorating and fashion, and is currently offering 800 items from her collection of furniture, accessories and jewelry for sale on One King’s Lane. Here are […]


Living in the Trees

We live in a forest.  And we love it.  Aren’t trees one of the reasons we gravitate toward log cabin living? Some people come to our cabin and say, “it’s so shady here, you should cut down some of these trees.”  But that couldn’t be further from our minds.  We love the shade that the […]


Rustic Spring Flowers

Well, there’s not much sign of spring flowers yet here in the east, so I guess we’re on our own to lift our spirits by creating a spring floral display or two.  Just love this idea that I found on tumblr.  Shouldn’t be too tough to scout up an old crate, and add tulips, hyacinths […]


Outdoor Living

Outdoor space is so important to log cabin living, and with the first robin sightings (finally!), it’s time to plan spring and summer projects!  How’s this for an idea?  I found this on, which is also a great resource for rustic decorating inspiration. The design and construction is by Alderwood Landscaping in Washington state. […]

Cabin Fever

I’m not usually one to complain, but the lake is NOT supposed to look like this on March 30. We got another 4 – 5 inches of snow last night, and the lake is still completely frozen.  I heard a report yesterday that there are 1,800 square miles of ice on Lake Erie, seven times […]

Lake Placid Lodge

Bringing the Outdoors In

Now this is what we mean by inspiration!  This image from the Lake Placid Lodge in the Adirondacks shows that it’s all in the details and finishing touches.  From pack baskets on the mantle to rough log furniture, duck decoys, antler lamps, overstuffed furniture with patterned pillows and wool blankets and throws, Adirondack style is […]