About two months ago, I was perusing real estate listings in the North GA and TN mountains. The exterior photo of this cabin, showcasing all of the deck space and two story windows stopped me in my tracks, but it wasn't until I saw this great room that I was attached. I had envisioned a cabin with a two story living room, stone fireplace, and wall of windows. This was exactly what I had been picturing since we began our search! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this space! After a wild ten days putting it together, we love how it turned out, but it wasn't without some hiccups along the way! We had to get creative to get this room finished on time, but that leaves some projects for the future...which I am always on board for!
Here was the design board for the room. While we went very "camp style" in the rest of the house, we wanted the main living space to feel a little more elevated, so we kept the design in here more "modern mountain."
The entire room was designed around this rug, full of color and interest. You'll notice in the design board above that the rug (online, anyway) consisted of deep red, maroon, and navy. In reality, the rug is much more magenta in hue, which definitely threw off my plan. It's a gorgeous rug (and machine washable!), but the purplish tones felt a pinch to cool for the space. It may end up in one of the bedrooms down the road, but for now, we made it work! The next mishap was the sofa. We (okay, "I") had my heart set on a leather sectional. We brought this gray sectional from our Holland house to the cabin with plans to use it in the cabin basement. We scheduled a trip to the West Elm outlet (2.5 hours away from the cabin) to pick up a sofa as we could not find one online to ship soon enough. The month prior to closing, we watched the outlet's Instagram account daily, taking note of the frequency of leather sofas they recieved as their inventory changes daily. Of course, we just so happened to hit the outlet on a day that they very few sofas and happened to sell out of all of the sectionals one day prior. Ty did find a beautiful (blue!) sofa for the basement instead, which left us with the gray one upstairs. This sofa is SUPER comfortable and it's a beautiful piece, but the color threw off my design plan once more. Luckily, it does work great with the cool tones in the rug!
To add to the drama, I had ordered an oak dining table and coffee table to be delivered to the cabin, nervous they would come on time. They did arrive right on time, BUT both items were damaged (very damaged...like someone drove a fork lift through the dining table and it had a literal hole in the very middle!). Ty found this walnut coffee table and black dining table at the West Elm outlet. They fit the bill so he picked them up! Of course, I had selected the dining chairs to go with a dark brown oak table, not black, but it works! I will say- the oak grain on the black table is truly beautiful! Crisis averted.The vintage indigo flag was an Etsy find that adds a really fun Americana element to the room. The artwork above the fireplace was meant for the upstairs primary bedroom, but I loved it in the living room more! Most of the coffee table books were thrifted; most of the pillows are from Etsy.
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My last little gripe is in regards to the TV. I really wanted to mount the TV above the fireplace, but the stacked stone and height of existing mantle posed some problems. This TV console came from our Holland basement as well, and is serving as a placeholder until we come up with a better solution (I may even just paint the doors black to blend in with the rest of the room). I don't love having the TV in front of the window, but it works for now. Most likely, we won't be mounting the TV any time soon. Eventually, we would love to spruce up the fireplace with a new mantle, new gas insert, and mounted frame TV!
Soon, possibly our next trip down, we will be replacing all of the light fixtures in the cabin! I cannot wait to get some updated fixtures installed...it will make a huge difference! This is my favorite room in the house (due to the beautiful ceilings!) and it is going to grow more beautiful in time as we keep adding new touches.
Next, we'll be sharing the upstairs primary bedroom reveal!
The cabin will be listed for rent on Airbnb and VRBO by mid September! We will share a link as soon as she is available!