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This Cozy A-Frame Is a Stunning Vacation Paradise

A crafty New Yorker decorated this gorgeous A-frame on a budget and the results are nothing short of fabulous. Get tips on how to make your own Airbnb property appealing to guests.

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A Catskills A-Frame Cabin Makes a Perfect Upstate Escape

When creative agency owner Caroline McKay bought this gorgeous A-frame cabin in the Catskills, she wanted to create a getaway from her main home in New York City. She decorated the cabin herself with a mix of estate sale hauls and great finds from affordable retailers that look a lot more expensive than they actually are. We asked Caroline to give us a tour of her home — which you can also book on Airbnb — and share the secrets for her great décor.

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A Dark Exterior Makes the Cabin Feel More Tucked Away

Caroline bought this house primarily as an escape for herself, so she tried to design a calming experience ideal for weekend getaways. She loves that the home is painted black on the outside, which she thinks blends with the surrounding nature in a unique way.

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A Black Exterior Also Keeps the Cabin Cozier in Cold Months

While the outside of the house is solid black, the inside is all bright, white spaces, which Caroline says feels "serene." "I love that it's black," she adds. "I think it's such a cool contrast between the outside and going inside. People always comment on it."

Bonus? The home's dark exterior absorbs sunlight and keeps the house stay warmer during the winter months.

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A "Peace and Quiet" Doormat Sets the Tone for a Calm Interior

Caroline sourced this “Peace & Quiet” doormat from the Museum of Peace and Quiet, which makes home décor and cozy apparel for moments of calm.

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