With a nip in the air and frost covering the ground, I'm ready for some cozy hibernating. For San Francisco Bay Area folks like me, this often means dreaming of a Lake Tahoe area ski cabin. This Tahoe A-frame, shown below, was once a rundown rental cabin, but thanks to a lot of hard work from its owners, it's been transformed into a rustic chic getaway.Featured in Sunset magazine, you can check out all of the amazing before and after photos of this Lake Tahoe Cabin makeover on Sunset's site. Keep reading if you're interested in re-creating the cozy-rustic-chic look of the great room, shown here.
To start, use a black or near-black wall paint for an accent wall. Firewood is a necessity as well, but make it a decorating element by stacking it neatly next to the hearth.
As far as decor accents, to get the look, you're going to have to embrace antlers — and deer. But that doesn't mean you have to harm any animals in the process. You can create the look of the antler mounts and chandeliers with resin versions, which I've rounded up in the widget below. For the showstopper piece above your mantel, you can go with a number of handmade versions, including this White Deer Head Wall Mount ($180). Or, go for a flat version with this Carved Deer Head Sign ($50). Personally though, my favorite is this Vintage Bronze Deer Head ($325, shown here). This incredible vintage find is heavy, so you'll have to secure it to a stud, but it's undeniably cool.
There are a number of rustic tables and benches that will work for the dining space, or you can always make your own if you're handy, using reclaimed lumber. I've rounded up a number of choices in the widget below, so keep clicking to see my favorites. You can find the rest of the look, including Pendleton blankets, pillows, and sofa, in the widget below.