Get Inspired by a Cozy Cabin’s Eclectic Style
A woodsy meets vintage-modern retreat in Mt. Hood, Oregon provides the perfect formula for getting cozy, including a not-to-miss chic outdoor lounge
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The Fir Tree Cabin
Oregon Coast native Matthew Dakotah teamed up with mom Cheryl Shankel, sister Dani Weese, and childhood friend Lana Scott to transform a ho-hum cabin into the four-bedroom Fir Tree Airbnb (from $195)–a contemporary nature lover’s lodge layered with Pendleton fabrics, reclaimed woods, faux-fur textures, and leather accents. “It’s warm, layered minimalism with a rustic, modern vibe and a unique, collected feeling, even though the whole house was designed and furnished in one fell swoop,” says Dakotah.
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A lounge by day and cozy sleeping space by night, the Moose Room features a vintage canopy bed and plush blanket layered with luxe faux furs and Pendleton pillows to ensure maximum comfort. Designer tip to steal: Create dramatic focal points with oversized statement pieces. Moose Wall Tapestry, $260; RetroLovePhotography.com
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The (pictured) Bear Room’s bronze and brass barn lights, vintage sleigh bed, and camp-inspired tenting with weathered rope make for a warm, inviting retreat. The Rhino Room shares similar, camp-inspired tenting combined with a leather platform bed and geometric whole-branch side tables with wire table lamps and oversized filament bulbs. Stewart Cardboard Bear Head, $24; CardboardSafari.com
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The Bison Room is a romantic en-suite hideaway with cathedral ceilings, a minimalist canopy bed with ivory sheers, supple leather sofa, and warm metal accents. Bison Bath features dual vanities, a jetted soaking tub, a separate shower room, and Turkish towels.
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The dining call can accommodate ten guests at a handcrafted table of reclaimed wood flanked by custom upholstered benches. Colossal lanterns, flameless candles, original Pacific Northwest art, and a Marshall sound system set the stage. Dakotah added super-cushy upholstered benches for hours-long dinner parties and games by the fire.
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Noting that their guests were drawn to alfresco chats by the fire even in colder temperatures, Dakotah and crew hatched a plan to extend the party outside. “I was first inspired by traditional Alpine huts and then set out to reimagine that classic mountain vernacular in a modern way,” says Dakotah. He tapped local builder Ismael Mejia to create an all-season structure featuring a Douglas fir timber frame and a 12-foot charcoal metal roof with metallic gold tongue-and-groove cedar. Ismael Mejia; 503-547-5944.