Friday, August 17, 2018

"Final" Touches in the Cabin

Decorating my tiny mountain cabin is never quite finished --
always a tweak here, a fine-tuning there.

A few little touches have a big impact in this small space.
And it's oh so cozy and comfy  . . .

It's never really final, is it?

There's always a tweak here, a twist there.

Not quite right.

Move it over. Yes!

Now it's done.

Oh, I forgot about that window.

Let me see. Hmm.

And on and on.

Never quite done. You know what I mean? I know you do.

So, we're back at the mountain cabin this week.
Keep in mind this cabin is only 336 square feet so every inch counts.

Just a few little changes make a big difference.

Take the living room/kitchen window.

I've had this stained-glass window for years, trying it here and there at home. 
Never quite right. 

I wondered how would it look in the cabin window.
Suspended from chains and hooks, it lets in so much light.
And it looks like it's always been there.

It makes me feel like I'm in a little chapel in the mountains
with the sun shining through the stained-glass windows.

I wanted this cabin to be cozy and comfortable.
And the one thing that was missing was something I could put my feet up on. 
It had to be small, neutral and, of course, extremely comfy. 

At a neighborhood yard sale, I came across this small ottoman for $1. 
I knew it would be perfect layered with a buffalo plaid throw and a sheepskin. 
Ah, now we're talkin'.

Although this space is quite small, I can still find ways to rearrange the furniture. 
Ron wanted to look out the window at the mountains.
I wanted to put my feet up and gaze at the pine trees. 
Where there's a will, there's always a way. 

I also juggled the western items on the long table.
I find arranging accessories closer together makes more of an impact. 

Here's another pretty example of grouping accessories in the bedroom. 
I love the contrast between the glass oil lamp, leather jacket, hand-tooled wallet 
and rough planked walls with chinking. 

Oh my! This place is starting to look just like Ralph Lauren's Colorado ranch!
I wish. 

In the "foyer" I draped a cowboy bedspread on the ladder rails up to the loft. 
Don't you just love that massive log beam?

I know this isn't the most beautiful accessory but it's worth mentioning.
You may remember how the hummingbirds were sneaking into the cabin
and forcing us to keep the doors closed.

Enter a screen door that tacks to the door frame and closes when magnets snap together. 
We didn't have one bird cabin-crasher this time and the screen lets in fresh air and lots of light.
Plus it's nearly invisible. 

So, another visit to the cabin. 
Already thinking about the next time when we will paint the exterior trim,
protecting the window sills and frames from, dare I say it, SNOW!
We are already seeing signs of the aspen changing color. 

Oh yes, here's one more thing. 
Now don't get scared.

But our neighbor had a big furry visitor at her cabin this week.
Apparently he raided her bird feeders, tore her screen door and 
tried to climb up to her outside cold box where food was stored. 
By the way, we don't have bird feeders and don't
keep any food in the cabin when we're not there.

Guess who her visitor was.
Here's a hint.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 
Stay tuned til next time.
Life's better at 11,000 feet!

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  1. I love your stained glass window. It may be little but big enough for two people to have their own view. I love all your tweaks and am sure come Spring there will be changes,we do get tired of the same things. Do not feed the birds they can find food in the forest. Until next time and getting it ready for winter.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Marlene. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Pat

  2. OMG, bears are sooo scary! Was it a bear? Even Racoons are pesky! I just love your cabin! It is just right with all of your cozy touches. Where did you get the screen door? I need some for our house too. It is to keep critters from coming in. Especially coyotes! I don’t know if they would, but I would rather not chance it!

    1. Thanks Arell. Yep, it was a bear. So glad you like the cabin. The screen door came from WalMart but Amazon has them on online too. These screens aren't meant for something as big as a coyote, just little critters like birds and chipmunks and flies. Hugs, Pat

  3. Another interesting post & your cabin is looking so good!

  4. The stained glass is a lovely addition and the screen door is very practical. What a nice retreat you have. Will you be going to the cabin when there is snow or is this a summer getaway?

    1. Thanks so much Ann. Hopefully we'll be able to get to the cabin year round but time will tell. At least spring through fall. Winter??? Hugs, Pat

  5. Must have been a bear, we have them here too. I love your stained glass window!

    1. Hi Carole! Yes, it was a bear and he's still hanging around. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Pat

  6. Even Ralph Lauren would be proud!!

    1. Wow! I just love his style. Check his ranch out online. It's amazing. Hugs, Pat

  7. Pat, I love the stain glass. Wow a cabin in the Rockies, my hubby would love it!

  8. Wow, your little cabin is looking so cozy! We have bears here, too - they are such a nuisance. I haven't been able to feed the birds all summer, and a friend in the next village walked into his kitchen and found a bear up on his counter!!! I would have freaked out!

    1. Thanks Debbie! I can't imagine what I would do if a bear was sitting on my cabin counter. Yikes. Take care and hugs, Pat

  9. Love the stained glass window it adds a warm glow to the cabin. How big was that bear do you think? Even here in the Georgia mountains we have trouble with bears raiding the birdfeeders and any food they can get to regardless of humans in residence.

    1. Thanks for stopping by for a visit Sharon! From a picture someone took, this bear looks to be a medium size, what's that? 350-400 pounds! Hugs, Pat

  10. It is always so much fun stopping by to see what you are doing with your cabin. I love it all . . . the colors and the touches of vintage cowboy and mountain life. Perfection!!!
    Connie :)

    1. Hey Connie! Glad you stopped by. So glad you're enjoying the cabin. Me too. Hugs, Pat

  11. Oh Pat the stained glass is just wonderful in your cabin! I have to say I admire you, you are brave and I am loving following along on this new adventure of yours. Thanks so much for sharing at TFT!