Log homes usually come with a style all their own, but Lynette and Erin Hasselgren decided to take a fresh approach with their 200-year-old Maryland home. With a fresh coat of paint and a few slipcovers, this home is just what their family of five needed.
When Lynette Hasselgren and her husband, Erin, purchased a 200-year-old log home in Maryland, they were a little nervous. The home's exterior charm, exposed interior beams, and pine floors provided the cozy setting their young family needed. But a 1,687-square-foot log home comes with design challenges. Rather than stick with the traditional country styles typically associated with log homes, they went for a light-and-airy decorating approach that maximized the small space.
The Hasselgrens loved the wormy pine floors of the living room, but not the red trim. Because they were working with a small budget, they wanted the biggest impact for their dollar. A fresh coat of paint was right for their budget and the look they wanted. They choose a palette of pale blue, sand, and terra-cotta.
In the living room, the walls are pale blue and the trim is white. The light wall color helps the small room feel more open. Lynette did all the home decorating herself. "It was mostly a lot of painting and sewing," she says. "There was no budget for contractors. It felt like I only needed to embellish the home's natural beauty." She reupholstered the provincial chair near the fireplace and added accent pillows in bold patterns.
For a family with three kids under the age of 7, the living room shouldn't be too formal. Slipcovers were the ideal choice for a stylish, yet livable room. For more style on a budget, Lynette distressed a new hutch and hung curtains on small tension rods inside its glass doors. A grandfather clock and vintage coffee table add to the room's traditional charm.
The kitchen received a fresh coat of white paint. The new color makes the kitchen feel more open than the old oak-stained cabinets did. Open shelves above the cooktop and on the end of the peninsula provide storage and display space. Black countertops and a black chandelier ground the white expanse.
The kitchen is just big enough for an eat-in dining area. A slipcovered bench under the window adds pattern to the kitchen decor. The bench is a great choice for a small eating area because it allows more people to sit than a traditional table and chairs would. A crisp white Roman shade and white seat cushions add to the casual vibe.
Friday night is movie night in the Hasselgren house, so they chose artwork that shows their interests. The vintage-look popcorn sign adds to the playful feel of the room. An overstuffed, distressed leather chair is a comfortable spot for movie watching or reading. Because the home's small rooms limit their furniture options, the family added interest with a variety of textures and accessories.