Cabin in the Woods
Take a tip from this northern Minnesota retreat to give your home an outdoorsy fall flavor for the season.
Fall is the season for drawing inward, and it’s the perfect decorating opportunity to bring the outdoors inside. Any lingering sadness about letting go of summer can be quickly soothed by stringing a festive garland of leaves in vibrant colors across the mantel or arranging squat orange and white pumpkins to signal the bounty of a harvest well earned—bonus points if they smell and taste as good as they look.
Autumn is all about getting cozy—extra woolen blankets and stacks of patchwork quilts, roaring fires and flickering candlelight, mulled cider simmering on the stove and apple pie in the oven. It’s about transitioning alongside nature by finding new ways of looking at old things, and the good news is a little bit goes a long way.
At this cozy cabin in northern Minnesota, just a pop of color here and there in classic oranges and golds proves transformational to the entire look and feel of the home. Traditional pieces lingering from summer find new fall uses inside, and the most influential decor of all remains the great outdoors—which the homeowners take advantage of not only by bringing wood and live elements in but also by positioning beds and couches to best see out.
Autumn is all about GETTING COZY.
A POP OF COLOR here and there proves transformational to the entire look and feel of the home.
The most influential decor of all remains the GREAT OUTDOORS.
OPPOSITE: Right from the doorstep with its pair of golden mums, pumpkin trail and festive fall wreath, the outdoors begins to creep inside this wooded lakeside cabin in northern Minnesota. LEFT: There is nothing better than sleeping on the porch, and the practice doesn’t have to end with summer. With a single fall wreath, a galvanized bucket of mums, strategically placed pumpkins, and plenty of pillows and blankets, this snoozing spot will be irresistible, even after the air chills.
ABOVE: This sitting area anchored by a stone fireplace is easily transformed into a festive fall space with plush pillows in autumn shades, distinctive squash and gourd varieties, and a felt table runner and bouquet of sunflowers on the coffee table.
BELOW: Sunflowers may peak in summer, but their golden hues make them a fall decorating favorite. An old tire rim holds deer sheds found in the woods, accented by decorative gourds atop a blue-andorange runner.
ABOVE: This massive stone fireplace surrounded by windows takes center stage in the screened fourseason porch, lending to the feel of being outside with none of the chill. A sweater pumpkin and felt leaf garland not only add color but they also soften the stone and wood elements. The canoe hung from the ceiling further blurs the line between inside and out.
LEFT: A clever combo of croquet balls and small gourds cradled in a rustic wooden bowl atop an orange tartan runner provides the perfect mix of summer and fall.
LEFT: Just because the gardening season is over doesn’t mean the flowers need to stop. Ornamental cabbage provides a unique burst of living color, and dried floral arrangements in particular spell fall.
ABOVE: A trio of owls invites guests to relax on the screen-porch bed, which is just the spot to snuggle up with a book and enjoy the view of the beautiful birch trees that lead down to the lake.
LEFT: Favorite antique pieces find new life atop the mantel, offset by a row of tiny pumpkins and a simple garland of felt leaves.
LEFT: Even the firewood bucket is having some fun, as a smiling jack-o’-lantern carved into this tin pail brings an air of festivity to something otherwise utilitarian.
RIGHT:A yellow-and-white linen draped casually over the farmhouse sink echoes the striped mini pumpkins in the row lining the windowsill.
ABOVE: The inherent primitive beauty of the gleaming wood floors, walls and ceiling is enhanced by natural light from the windows and the glow from a candle-inspired elk-rack chandelier. An oversize table runner in solid orange sets the tone for the bountiful centerpiece.
BELOW: Autumn means fall baking season. Traditional pumpkin spice cookies can easily become decorations—like these adorable owls!—with cookie cutters and simple frosting techniques.
ABOVE: When not in use, a glass cheese dome makes a gorgeous showcase for a single pumpkin specimen. Red felt oak leaves temporarily adhered around the top give it a bit of seasonal flair.
ABOVE: The master bedroom embodies the whole cabin’s cozy feel on a more private scale. Open to the outdoors with both a secluded porch and barn-door window, all it takes is a striped wool blanket to instantly bring fall into the room.