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Log Home Decor

  1. Clare’s Wares

    Associate Editor Clare Martin, Log Home Living’s resident decor diva, gives you the skinny on some great deals she discovered this month. Hung Up The problem: blank walls. The solution? Art is usually the go-to, but I prefer these out-of-the-ordinary decorative items instead. Bonus: They’ll cost you a whole lot less than that original Picasso. […]

  2. You Dream, We Design

    Lakeside Living and a Smart Plan Designer Dave Joiner from Barna Log Home ( shares his insights on creating the perfect house for Mike and Tracy Amos of Charlotte, North Carolina. Here’s what the couple wanted: Desired square footage: 2,500, vacation home that will eventually become a primary residence. Location of new home: Alongside Lake […]

  3. Storage Solutions for every space

    When dreaming up the perfect amenities for a new log home, not many people think, “All I want is a huge pantry.” Sure, storage isn’t the sexiest design element in the world, but it does help your beautiful new dwelling stay as clean and tidy as move-in day.     So what’s the secret to maintaining an […]

  4. Give Me Space

    Storage Solutions – Give Me Space Storage is key in any home. Our building pro outlines 6 tips to create space for everything from hiking gear to lawn equipment. by: editorial staff 1. What are the top three mistakes people make when it comes to storage areas? Remember that your log home needs more […]

  5. Battle of the Sexes

    Battle of the Sexes

    When it comes to decorating, guys and gals don’t always see eye to eye. Simply put, women tend to be all about form, while men go for function. With such different perspectives, it may seem impossible to create spaces that appeal to both sexes. But there’s a way to find a happy medium. Our guide […]

  6. versaTILE

    Tile is one decorative detail that’s been around the block a few times, and with modern takes on color, shape and materials, its popularity is surging once again. Historically, tile has been pigeonholed to bathrooms and kitchens, mainly in uninspired neutral tones. But it’s time to think outside the box of neatly stacked porcelain and […]

  7. No Wallflowers Allowed

    Raised-wood panels Lending a note of formality to a room, raised-wood panels can be found adorning the walls of many a library, country club or elite hunting lodge. The panels appear to be carved and sculpted. Raised-wood panels require a good amount of customization, even with precut kits, and entail a number of specialized tools […]

  8. Comfort Zone

    Comfort isn’t just about a room full of plush furniture (though this doesn’t hurt). It’s about how the room is outfitted with furniture and decor so that the size and position of each piece creates an inviting and livable space. Despite the subjective nature of the feeling of comfort, the way to achieve it is […]

  9. The Look for Less

    It’s no secret: We’d all love to decorate our homes in a fashion worthy of a glossy magazine spread. The problem? Very few of us have the budget to do so … or so we think. The truth is, you don’t have to pack your great room to the gills with pricey furniture to give […]

  10. Space Savers

    McMansions are getting bigger and bigger. But for many custom-home designers, this is the age of the incredible shrinking house. Despite a smaller space, there’s plenty of room for movement. We show you how to make the most of it in 3 steps. 1. Create Open Space Load up on multipurpose rooms: A family or […]

  11. Mix It Up

    Log home enthusiasts may not like to admit it, but there really is such a thing as overdoing it. Sure, we love our logs, but being surrounded by log walls, mantels, clocks, picture frames—you get the idea—can overwhelm even the most passionate wood devotee.     "If a client wants all wood in his home, we’ll try […]

  12. A Change of Scenery

    After the blanket of winter white has lost its charm and has turned an icy gray, home takes on an even more special significance—that of refuge from the chill. It is during this time that perhaps you notice the light cotton throw draped over the armchair looks woefully out of place.     It’s easy to transform […]

  13. Make It Yours

    When you begin shopping for your first timber home, it might seem as though you have two options: pay top dollar for a custom home or make some compromises and settle for a company’s stock floorplan.     However, most timber home companies have quite a bit of gray area between custom and stock floorplans—which is an […]

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    Living Color: Tips to Add Color without Painting the Walls

    What To Do When You Have No Clue If you find yourself staring at the bare brown walls of your new log home, don’t despair. Just think small. Start with the most public space of them all — the great room. Pick a color palette, then pull one color from those areas and carry it […]

  15. Guiding Light

    GUIDING LIGHT Smart Strategies for Home Lighting How you light your interior spaces can make or break your log home’s overall feel. But with so many options to choose from, finding the right light can be an overwhelming task, leaving home owners in the dark when it comes to choosing the right fixture, selecting the […]

  16. 20 Essentials of Great Design

    Over the past 30 years, architects and designers have taken log cabin design to places our founding fathers could scarcely imagine. Yet no matter how far-flung the application, log homes remain a direct link to things that are earthy and natural.      Because these homes are what they are—dynamic, vigorous, natural—there is much to learn […]

  17. Raising the Dead

    You’ve seen those lifeless zones in every house, and it’s not pretty. We’re talking about the wasteland under the stairs, high up in the ceiling and in lofts and attics with knee walls or rooflines that slope all the way to the floor. Our pro Matt Franklin, design manager at PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes […]

  18. Building Character

    The character you build into your log home is the truest indicator of whether it is simply a house in which you live or a home that serves as an extension of yourself. Without it, you can spend all your savings on expensive features and fixtures and end up with a structure that is lifeless. […]

  19. The Shape of Great

    Whoever said you can’t have your cake and eat it too probably wasn’t referring to log home design. However, you can learn a lot from this maxim when divvying up space within your floorplan. One space in particular—the great room—can pose some specific challenges.      "Unfortunately, due to budget or square-footage restrictions, nobody can have […]

  20. The Modern Edge

    In the past, timber home decorating was as predictable as a dime-store romance novel; rustic accents, traditional furniture and lodge-style details were typical accoutrements. Today, although rustic style remains popular, some timber home interiors look more like sleek Manhattan studios than rustic mountain retreats. Overall, there is a movement toward contemporary design. Metal Magic One […]

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