Right before Christmas, we shared the progress we’ve made in the dark green basement room at the cabin (Side note: we’re 95% sure we’re calling it the forest room with the other two rooms being the lake room and the mountain room) including paint, bed, squeezing in a nightstand!, etc..see that full post right here! The most recent addition is a vintage rug we hung!
If you remember, this is the only room without natural light. Our a-frame is built into the side of a mountain and this room is the part built in to the mountainside. The window leads to a window well with a steel hinged door on it so no animals can get in, but people could get out in case of emergency. Other than that, the window doesn’t provide light or fresh air like a normal window would. We started brainstorming how we could disguise the window, while still allowing it to be accessible (hanging curtains or blinds would just draw more attention to it) and we landed on hanging a rug over the window that doubles as art!
We found a beautiful, one-of-a-kind vintage Moroccan one (it was dated made 60 years ago) on eSaleRugs.com–we get A LOT of our vintage rugs there–and it was the perfect size and felt cabin-y, too. Hanging it took less than 15 minutes!
We picked up 2 carpet tack strips for $2 each at the hardware store. They have nails that you normally drive into the floor, so we did that (into the wall) and then secured screws into studs as well so it was extra secure.
Tack strips have hundreds of little nails used to keep wall to wall carpet in place, but they worked perfect for holding our rug in place, too! We chose to just secure the top and leave the sides free-hanging so it looked more organic, but also in case there was any sort of emergency it would be really easy to pull the rug aside (or even off!) to get out of the window.
Don’t mind the ceiling vent that still needs a cover (#workinprogress) but I’m loving the extra layer of texture on this wall! And one bonus we didn’t anticipate is how much brighter the room feels. While the dark window kind of sucked light out of the room, this bounces it right back in.
I bought two matching wooden antlers for above each bed, but when I held them up, I couldn’t take centering them off-centered. Soo I think we’ll just leave it like this for now and truly let the rug be the art and maybe add a small gallery wall on the neighboring wall.
Forest room, you’re shaping up to be pre-ttyyyy cozy.
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore’s Castle Peak Gray
Flooring: Oak Aspeland from Stuga Studio
Channel Tufted Queen Beds
Ivory Knit Blanket
Tassel Grid Lumbar Pillow
Lumbar Pillow Insert (this is my favorite $20 one!)
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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