Cabin Fever...

We're all anxiously waiting for Fall.  New catalogs are filling the mailbox and bloggers are following suit with beautiful inspirational images showcasing the change in season. I'm usually the one who wants to hang on to Summer, but this year is different.  We've been so busy and the heat is exhausting.

It rained this weekend while we were at the lake and cooled things off a bit.  The chill in the air put me in the mood for a few changes in our cabin.  Nothing major.  Just a little tweaking and working on some things I've never been crazy for.  I've posted about our little  get-a-way place before,

Life is Good at the Lake

.  If you missed it you can go


to check it out.

The rock fireplace stands in the middle of the room and separates the dining area from the living area.  The mantels are identical on both sides.  The ceilings are only eight feet tall, so there is not a lot of space above the mantel.  Hanging things on the rock is a challenge.  Not impossible, but I haven't been inclined to start drilling yet.  Would rather lean things so changes are simple until I find just the right thing.

As I schemed  I reminded myself that often it is more important what we take away than what we bring in.  We constantly tell our clients this, and the same rule applies at home.  It's definitely time to de-clutter here.  Once I realize something is too much , just can't get rid of it fast enough. After several trips to the garage to store some things, I sat down at my computer to browse for inspiration.

I love this image via

Colour Me Happy

.  It's very warm and inviting.  I think the baskets and live plants add the right touch.  I also like the candlesticks and art leaning on the mantel.

Another great image via Vincente  Wolfe.  Not too much going on. Really like that.  The antlers make a great statement.

Other images that I have held on to for a while...

Really like this mantel with the original bark from an old issue of Veranda Magazine..  The styling is perfect!

The images from this log cabin in North Carolina have been in the files for a while now.  I'm not sure but I think they are from Traditional Home Magazine.  Everything about this home is fabulous!

I'm definitely on a search for a piece of appropriate art as well as some candlesticks.  I'm thinking some fresh ivy in antique olive jars.  We have lots of those in inventory.  Do you have any thoughts?  I love to hear your ideas.  It's your turn.

Let's talk!