Rustic Redefined: The Best of Modern Cabin Style

Draw a little rustic inspiration from these designer-worthy digs in the big woods.

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September 26, 2018
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Thousand-Texture Woods

A riot of gloriously grained planks on the floors, walls and ceiling of this Washington guest cabin would feel overwhelming if left unadorned, but layered floor coverings and a handful of ultra-modern pieces in the kitchenette and desk areas nudge them gently into the background.

Bedroom in the Birches

Designer Sarah Richardson doubled down on the handsome pale wood she chose for this summer cabin’s walls and trim by creating a one-of-a-kind table lamp with untreated bark. The white-on-white furnishings and coverlet emphasize the bedroom’s airy, almost Scandinavian feel.

TV-Free Retreat

This urban getaway — in eclectic and historic Decatur, Georgia — boasts showstopping rustic surfaces (the stripes on those walls!) and thoughtfully chosen vintage accents. Hints of crisp black in accessories like the trunk, garden stool and pouf give the living room a bit of polish.

From: Gina Sims

Mountain Powder Room

A trip to the half-bath feels like a walk in the woods in this dazzling room, where a whimsical chandelier presides over graphic wallpaper, gorgeous custom cabinetry made from local trees and an organic vessel sink.

Modern Aerie

Velvety grey on the exterior siding and deck set the stage for this cabin’s eye-popping orange accents. A pair of massive retracting doors let the forest seep into the living room.

Collector's Corner

A well-weathered leather club chair and a highly collectible Hudson’s Bay point blanket pair beautifully in this reading nook, where industrial shelving displays jewel-bright flea market treasures.

From: Gina Sims

Let There Be Light

A recent renovation honored this master bath’s origins with a paneled feature wall while making way for uninterrupted air. A single cherry-stained beam across the ceiling directs attention up, up and outward.

Cozy Contrasts

This pile of guest room linens combines a flash of cardinal red (echoed in the houndstooth throw pillow) with a snowstorm-grey duvet and layered throws. With a burlap-wrapped evergreen and diminutive garland, it’s ready for holiday guests.

New Traditions

Distressed wood, caramel-colored leather and stately stone harmonize in this open-concept area. Especially impressive: A high-concept billiard table that suits the space’s natural materials to a T.

The Best of Times

This sleek Wyoming cabin is both modern in its minimalism and utterly old-school in its finishes: Silvery reclaimed wood and tumbled tiles on the foyer floor make the space feel fresh and ancient at once.

Sleepover Central

Cabin living often means sharing a bedroom, but in this cabin, that bedroom happens to be the coolest space in the house.

Fireside Chic

One could imagine midcentury movie stars discussing a Hitchcock plot in this elegant Jackson Hole great room, where an undulating live-edge coffee table anchors the seating area.

Sylvan Study

Black-and-white wildlife photography tie this sitting space to the wilderness beyond its deck, while rustic materials with modern lines give it a clean, city-mouse-in-the-country feel.

Shoreside Serenity

A flat-screen television is the last thing you see in this gathering space, thanks to walls of windows that give way to northwestern vistas on all sides. A modern wagon-wheel chandelier and industrial pendants illuminate the room without interrupting the view.

Colorado Contemporary

Consider this new frontier in Rocky Mountain living: Antlers and vintage portraits pair beautifully with Roman shades, an industrial side table and a button-tufted ottoman.

Room Within a Room

Butler’s pantries and chef’s ranges are well and good, but this kitchen’s extra-special accessory is one-of-a-kind: A cozy window seat offers a perch in the trees.

Winter Light

A natural stone hearth in this Lake Placid ski retreat offers cold-weather revelers a generous space to warm their bones. Moody blues in the upholstery and the rug echo sun and shadow on the snow outside.

Timber Lines

This luxurious space gains its rustic soul from the distressed wood in cased openings between rooms — and unadorned windows that invite sunbeams to spill across the floorboards.

Mixed Materials

The traditional blue plaid on these dining chairs takes a modern twist as it echoes up to a coordinating feature wall and curtains. The wood in the table and walls, in turn, sprouts into an abstract piece on the bar.

Staycation Space

When getting away isn’t in the cards, why not bring the getaway home? With a pair of Adirondack chairs and a fire feature, this backyard retreat is the perfect place to step away from suburbia.

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