October 11, 2020

Fall at the Cabin

Fall foliage at cabin in the woods - www.goldenboysandme.com\
The brightest spot of 2020 has been our rustic cabin in the woods. We spent a good part of the summer working on this little house, turning it more and more into our home away from home. Truth be told, this place feels even more like home than our home in NJ. We live with less here. There is just one small bathroom, no dishwasher or clothes washer, but the nature right outside the door makes up for all of that. And then some. 

Fall foliage at cabin in the woods - www.goldenboysandme.com
The foliage was glorious this year. I spent a whole week here in late September, a few days just Dax and me when my husband and son went home for work/school. The one silver lining in our son's hybrid school schedule is that he can do school from here a couple of days a week and so we spent more time here so far this fall than we ever have been able to before.
Fall foliage at cabin in the woods - www.goldenboysandme.com
Inside the cabin, I added some fall decor to the fireplace. I am still working on a post of the updates we have done here but I figured I would share fall first, while it's still fall. The main changes we made to the fireplace were painting the dark stained wood in the same Backwoods Green by Benjamin Moore that we painted the kitchen cabinets. This room can feel especially dark and this new green really reflects light so much better and it brightens up the whole space. 
Backwoods Green by Benjamin Moore paint on brick fireplace at a mountain cabin.
Backwoods Green by Benjamin Moore paint on brick fireplace at a mountain cabin.
One of my favorite updates is the banquette style seating we added in in the kitchen. It's such a cozy spot for breakfast, especially on chilly mornings. But I also had visions of puzzle doing, crafting and school work being done in this spot when I designed it. I'm also slowly working on a gallery wall in this corner. So far, I've added a few of my small embroidery projects, including one made by my mother-in-law many years ago, and some favorite pictures. 
DIY banquette seating in kitchen in a mountain cabin - www.goldenboysandme.com
American standard country sink in kitchen in vintage mountain cabin.
We added a new farmhouse sink and some open shelving in the kitchen that functions very well for our family. I will write a whole post on the changes we made here and the challenges that come along with design in a seasonal home. 
Farmhouse sink, American Standard country sink in vintage cabin kitchen with Backwoods by Benjamin Moore paint. - www.goldenboysandme.com
We also added some shelving and an old table to a corner in the family room. My goal is for the inside of our cabin to reflect our adventures outside the cabin. This place has played such a big role in our family's history and I enjoy having pictures and collected things that remind us of that.
Pine shelving in rustic cabin - www.goldenboysandme.com
Pine shelving in rustic cabin - www.goldenboysandme.com
The family room is such a cozy spot. This plaid furniture is super comfortable and was handed down to the cabin from my brother and sister-in-law but I think we will be replacing it with brown leather furniture that we currently have in the basement of our NJ home. Jury's still out on that decision though because this plaid furniture is REALLY comfy. We do have plans to replace the carpet soon.
Rustic family room in mountain cabin - www.goldenboysandme.com
I use some mason jars hanging with rope to display nature's treasure found on walks in the woods every year. I collect leaves on every walk, every day, no matter how many I've already collected. :)
DIY mason jar chandelier with fall leaves - www.goldenboysandme.com
fall foliage in the Adirondack mountains - www.goldenboysandme.com
fall foliage in the Adirondack mountains - www.goldenboysandme.com
Back at camp, the front porch is a favorite spot for everyone in all seasons.  I added a few fall touches to this space too.
Fall foliage with autumn decor on front porch of rustic mountain cabin - www.goldenboysandme.com
Fall foliage with autumn decor on front porch of rustic mountain cabin - www.goldenboysandme.com
We worked on creating a new fire pit area back behind the cabin too. The cabin lights define the space so well and this area has given us another fun space to gather. When we were working on it this summer, I kept thinking of how pretty it would be in the fall and it far exceeded any visions I had. Now I am looking forward to it in the snow.
Fire pit by rustic mountain cabin with fall foliage - www.goldenboysandme.com
We had plans to buy a group of all weather Adirondack chairs for this space but decided to put it off until next year. In the meantime, our son built some benches from logs and I love them! They will provide seating in this space throughout the winter too.
Fire pit by rustic mountain cabin with fall foliage - www.goldenboysandme.com
The view from our back porch to the fire pit was the prettiest thing I've seen in a long time. It truly took my breath away when I opened the back door and saw this when we arrived at camp after just a few days away. I have so many more fall foliage pics to share but I will save that for another post since this one is already so long.
Porch with rustic fall decor at a mountain cabin with fall foliage. - www.goldenboysandme.com
I have been reading the work of Mary Oliver more and more these days and I thought I'd end by sharing a bit of her writing that came to mind when I saw this view. 

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing to be dazzled - 
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even float a little
above this difficult wold.
-Mary Oliver


14 comments:

  1. So peaceful and welcoming. I love your family-centered style, decorated but comfortable and livable.

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  2. Wow ! This is so beautiful, so cosy and so homely. I really love your decor , stunning ! Did you make or purchase that sign “ thankful, grateful , happy “ ? Loving your work from Sydney , Australia ❤️🇦🇺 Xox

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  3. She beautiful and peaceful! I love how you decorated-I would never want to go home!

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  4. Your cabin is just stunning. We had a cottage growing up by a lake, your cabin brings back such lovely memories.

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous, Courtney!! I always look forward to your posts of your home and the cabin is just as beautiful. I'm from long island and love the Adirondack area. What a special place for your family. Enjoy this glorious autumn!!

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  6. The colors that surround your cabin are gorgeous! I love all your fall decorations and that cozy look! Beautiful!!

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  7. This should all be a big feature in a magazine - it is SO autumn!

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  8. The decoration is just perfect! Spending time in a beautiful cabin in Autumn forest is something I dream of, love the photos so much!
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  9. I just love your cabin...inside and out! It truly is a slice of fall heaven! I know you are loving spending lots of extra time there. Keep the pictures coming!

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  10. I can't think of a prettier place to spend fall, Courtney! I love seeing you put your personal touches in your wonderful cabin! Going to snow here today!

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  11. Hello! This is my first time to actually comment, but I've following and loving seeing your photos of the cabin. So beautiful and idyllic. Thank you for sharing the beauty. :)

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  12. The cabin looks so inviting, so homey. I love your photography and enjoy seeing your house and cabin change from season to season.

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