Touches of Plaid Bring Cozy Cabin Vibes for Winter
Jun 11

Turning a Cabin Into a Magazine-Worthy Retreat

When I found out I’d be the guest editor for HGTV Magazine’s October issue, I knew I had to go big. As the cover story, I wanted to transform a cozy cabin into a dreamy winter escape – and that’s exactly what I did with our latest project, Hazel’s Cozy Cabin.

This A-frame cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains was the perfect canvas. With its classic cabin design and beautiful natural surroundings, it had so much potential. Of course, the pressure was on – we only had 5 weeks to completely renovate the entire home to make the magazine cover. But I was up for the challenge.

My goal was to create a getaway that felt like a sophisticated summer camp – a place where family and friends could come to relax and truly unwind, no matter the season. And with the help of my trusty sidekick (and husband), Brett, I think we absolutely nailed it.

Cabin Curb Appeal

Since the plan was for the exterior to grace the cover of HGTV Magazine, we knew we had to make it look just as good as the inside. Brett and I decided to paint the entire cabin a deeper, cozier color rather than the original white. We chose Sherwin-Williams’ Black Fox, which created such a cozy, cabin-in-the-woods vibe.

To really amp up the curb appeal, we ripped off the entire deck and replaced it with a new Timbertech composite system. The skirt leading down to the ground gave it a super polished look. And lining the driveway with tall evergreen trees made the whole entryway feel so private and secluded – exactly what you want in a mountain cabin retreat.

Jasmine and Brett’s 200,000 square foot cabin renovation was featured on HGTV’s “Help! I Wrecked My House,” and the results are nothing short of stunning. The dark exterior with the pops of natural wood creates such a cozy, inviting atmosphere. And that custom coffee shop-style window decal? Genius.

Rustic Cabin Chic

When you step inside, the first thing you notice is the stunning A-frame ceiling. We sanded it down to bring out the natural wood tones, and the result is nothing short of magazine-worthy. To keep the space feeling bright and airy, we installed luxury vinyl plank flooring in a light, concrete-inspired hue.

The living room is the true heart of the cabin, with a show-stopping stone fireplace that stretches from floor to ceiling. We added a reclaimed wood mantel and placed a TV that blends in seamlessly above it. And of course, I had to include one of my signature swivel chairs – the perfect spot for curling up with a good book.

Vintage red skis and other rustic accents like tonal vases and greenery give the space that cozy cabin feel. But it’s not all rustic – the curved sofa and modern coffee table keep things feeling fresh and elevated.

Cabin Cuisine

The open-concept layout allows the kitchen to flow seamlessly into the living and dining areas. I used quartzite countertops in a beautiful tone-on-tone with the stone accent wall, creating a cohesive look. Custom cabinetry provides ample storage, and a panel-ready dishwasher and range keep the appliances hidden and streamlined.

The dining area features a custom built-in bench along one wall, with a mix of chairs and stools for flexible seating. It’s the perfect spot for casual family meals – and the stone accent wall provides the perfect backdrop.

Cozy Cabin Quarters

The primary bedroom is located just off the main living space, keeping that cabin vibe going strong. I added plaid wallpaper on the ceiling for an unexpected touch of pattern and texture. And to separate Hazel’s nursery from our room, I used a set of vintage doors that add so much character.

Upstairs, the loft area is a versatile space that can be used for everything from guest accommodations to a play area. I added two elevated bunk beds in a cheerful yellow, creating a super fun and functional setup. And the waist-high storage nook is perfect for stashing all of Hazel’s toys and books.

Rustic winter elements like plaid, wood, and pine accents carry through to the upstairs bathroom, which features a stunning quartzite shower with natural river rock details. It feels like an outdoor oasis, tucked away in the mountains.

A Dream Come True

Seeing Hazel’s Cozy Cabin on the cover of HGTV Magazine was a true pinch-me moment. To be able to transform this little cabin in the woods into a dreamy winter retreat, and then share it with the world, is just incredible. I’m so honored to have had this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see all the memories my family makes in this special place.

If you’re looking to cozy up your own space this winter, don’t be afraid to embrace those rustic cabin vibes. A few touches of plaid, some vintage accents, and lots of cozy textures can go a long way. And of course, don’t forget to check out Sofas Spectacular for all your custom sofa needs. Happy decorating!

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