Cabin Comforts: Upscale Cabin Living

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Image: Thomas Murphy & Rick Rochon for Apartment Therapy

A weekend away at a rustic cabin sounds like a nice retreat—but only from time to time if you’re not someone who enjoys roughing it. However, if you’ve ever wanted to spend those getaways in a more sophisticated version of a traditional cabin—or even wanted to bring some cabin aesthetic into your own daily living space—this post is for you.

Wood Materials

A key component to the cabin feel is the use of wood as a primary material. In this home, the focus is on the amazing log ceiling spanning the living space. All of the rest of the room pays homage to the upscale cabin idea, including rustic industrial pieces.

Ikea and Antlers

Cabin by Thomas Murphy & Rick Rochon for Apartment Therapy
Image: Thomas Murphy & Rick Rochon for Apartment Therapy

The kitchen of this cabin continues using wood in some countertops and the window surround, but doesn’t skimp on modern convenience—including Ikea cabinetry. The antler chandelier is one of my favorite touches.


Cabin Bunks by Blood and Champagne
Image: Blood & Champagne

Bunks, a common component of many cabins, don’t have to be uncomfortable. These provide ample room for overnight guests and are much more upscale than the norm. Note the ample wood—both painted and natural—in this space.


Cabin Design by Amy Neunsinger for House Beautiful
Image: Amy Neunsinger for House Beautiful

Bring the essence of upscale cabin décor into any home by focusing on the key elements. This room’s key features are the wood, texture, and windows open to the fresh air.


Raimund Koch Cabin Bathroom for Dwell
Image: Raimund Koch for Dwell

Remember, this is about having all the modern comforts in an upscale cabin, and that includes the bathroom. There’s no denying the strong cabin aesthetic in these wood-clad walls, yet the tub and shower could be in any urban setting.

How does your weekend getaway rate as an upscale cabin?

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