Dramatic architecture and minimal accessories are the keys to this rustic design.

By Allen Bunting
August 12, 2008
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Go Natural
Knotty wood beams and columns add great texture to any room.(And plain wooden walls contribute rich patina and graining.) Usestructural elements like the staircase shown here to definedifferent areas within large rooms.

Check out sandyridgefurniture.comfor cedar and pine furniture, stairways and railings, and half-logstairs; appalachiandesigns.comfor custom-handcrafted mantels, stairs, railings, and architecturalelements; and thecabinshop.com for cabindecor, including afghans, fleece and wool throws, and accentpillows.

Cozy Charm
Small bedrooms don't have to feel crowded. Bunk kids' beds tomake the most of limited space. Soft bedding, a chair or two, and achest of drawers are all this room really needs to feelwelcoming.

Check out thelogfurniturestore.comfor log beds, bunk beds, daybeds, armoires, dressers, and more, andlonestarwesterndecor.comfor bedding, blankets, pillows, and other rustic items.

No-fuss function is key to cabin style. This doesn't mean youcan't accessorize your space, just don't overdo-less is more. Withadequate storage, you can tuck away basic necessities. Try a simplepalette of earthy tones and textures.

Check out blackforestdecor.com forrustic towel bars and hardware, shower curtains, bath towels, andother lodge-inspired bath accessories, and rusticwildlifedecor.comfor log-home furnishings, including critter-inspired accents suchas wastebaskets, mirrors, nightlights, and bath vanity lights.

Rustic Comfort
Cabin style negates perfection. An irregularly shaped stonefireplace here provides an ideal backdrop for a relaxing evening.Similarly, the raw-wood coffee table mimics the room's structuralbeams. With such dramatic architecture, it takes only a handful ofbold pieces, such as two oversized leather chairs, cowhide rug, anda soaring totem pole, to accentuate the open space.

Check out llbean.com forsofas and chairs and northernlodge.com forcowhide rugs, log and wood carvings, fireplace sets, and more.

Natural Elegance
A dramatic lighting fixture adds warmth to any space. Asimple dining set, bar cart, and, again, minimal accents, will puta dramatic view front and center.

Check out naytura.comfor hand-sculpted glass and hand-forged iron and bronze chandelierswith antler and fallow fixtures, as well as artistically craftedsconces and custom-designed pieces, and oldhickory.com forlodge-inspired dining sets in a variety of styles and sizes.

For historical inspiration, visit The Adirondack Museum in BlueMountain Lake, New York; adkmuseum.org. If you have ado-it-yourself bent, Rustic Furniture Workshop ,by Dan Mack, is an excellent resource with lots of color pictures,easy project plans, and insider tips.

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