A Cozy Sleeping Cabin in the Country
A sleeping cabin high above the Blue Ridge Mountains proves that sometimes the less-is-more approach is the perfect recipe for a restful weekend.
By: Brian Patrick Flynn
All Tucked Away
The tiny sleeping cabin of Ron and Jane's country house in Ellijay, Ga., shows that the bare necessities are key to creating a timeless spot to relax and unwind.
To anchor the 15-foot-by-12-foot sleeping cabin in traditional country style, folk art used in place of a headboard draws the eye toward a queen bed outfitted with casual cotton linens. For a collected look, two different tables were used on each side of the bed.
Instead of fresh-cut flowers, the homeowners keep the sleeping cabin lively with low-maintenance houseplants that can go several weeks without water or pruning. Leafy, green houseplants can fill a space with a touch of life, bold color and organic shapes.
The homeowners use the sleeping cabin to relax and unwind on weekends. With comfort playing a huge role, the bedding ensemble is made of cotton sheets, pillow covers and a lightweight coverlet. In addition to being casual and comfy, cotton bedding is easy to clean and launder.
To carry the barn-red color from the outdoors in, the homeowners use an antique rug that also introduces pattern and a graphic touch. Antique rugs are an excellent fit for rustic- or farmhouse-style homes, as the wear and tear of the rug add to the lived-in charm of the decor.
Barn Door Construction
For a touch of farmhouse style, the closet door of the sleeping cabin is customized with a barn door design. If you have wood plank walls and doors, add a clean, graphic look by simply painting the doors white.
An excellent way to add country charm to any room is by updating wooden case goods, such as dressers or chests, with a coat of bold-colored paint. This old dresser is updated with a shade of barn red that's slightly less saturated than the tone of the rug.
Board + Batten
To add country architecture to the interior of the sleeping cabin, its walls are covered in a style of wood cladding called board and batten. First, wood planks are installed vertically and, once secure, the gaps between the boards are covered with trim to hide the seams.