BY MIRA JEAN STEINBRECHER
Close your eyes and imagine your ideal log home. Most folks will picture someplace that’s the epitome of comfort: small, cute, warm and inviting. You can see yourself curled up in front of the fire, reading a good book or nuzzling with the one you love. The light is low, the air scented with fresh pine. You feel snug as the proverbial bug.
Break It Up. When designing a log home, there are a few basic options: split up the floorplan into rooms of varying size; design an open floorplan that uses other elements (i.e., not walls) to create rooms; or some combination of the two. No matter which of these you choose, there are some common design techniques to make your home feel cozy.
Living Large. Big rooms need oversized furniture to appear full and warm. When buying upholstered pieces, be wary of small patterns that can get lost in larger spaces. If you long to experiment with bright colorssay, a barn-red sofathis is the place! Another trick: create multiple conversation spots with furniture groupings anchored by a rug or table.