Cabin in the Woods

Take a tip from this north­ern Min­nesota re­treat to give your home an out­doorsy fall fla­vor for the sea­son.

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Inside - Pho­tographed and Styled by Gri­d­ley + Graves. Writ­ten by Mag­gie Gins­berg.

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.

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