Country Chic Style

Combining rustic and and modern design



Just because you happen to live in the woods doesn’t mean you have to rough it. After downsizing to the log cabin home pictured here, the homeowners contracted Emily Shakra Design of Bedford to transform it from average to sensational. They worked to create a rustic yet modern vibe by engaging a blend of contemporary, vintage and natural elements. Shakra and her team proved that, as she puts it, “luxury living is not always about size.”

When starting the project, Shakra was aiming to create a modern, sophisticated twist where function and form could work together within the cabin walls. She was inspired by the homeowners’ love of nature, and blended the rooms together by using a collection of art and accessories that draw on the natural materials mixed with sleek and shiny metal. The home has a smaller living space, but that meant that Shakra could add more custom seating and selective built-ins, like an entertainment and hutch unit in the family room and dining area. Despite the primitive wood structure, this cabin was transformed into a luxurious American classic.

Adding an island with red cabinetry to the new kitchen made a statement among the maple wood tones, wool fabrics, stainless steel appliances, concrete countertops and barstools, which were created by artisan upholsterer Don Mavrikis. Capital Kitchen & Bath designed the finishing touches, including a custom maple bench to create the resulting U-shaped kitchen.

This whimsical guest room features bedding by Company C, art by Dana Boucher and a custom bench by Don Mavrikis. The focal point of the room is the light fixture, which is made of feathers, by The Lighting Showroom.

The new dining room features a custom walnut table with red leather chairs and bench seating. A combination hutch and entertainment center was designed and built to add functionality and to save space. Apothēca assembled the stunning table centerpieces that add a touch of flair to the room. 

The family room opens to the kitchen and dining area with cathedral beamed ceiling and custom entertainment center. Custom furniture was done by Company C to create an on-trend vibe that echoes the spirit of the log cabin. Local artist Dana Boucher created the landscape triptych to highlight the expansive log cabin walls and high ceilings.

From left: The entryway boasts a custom piece made by local craftsman Jason Rivers. This stationary swing was built and added to the four-season porch to enjoy the exterior view with access to the wine bar.

The master bedroom has painted beamed ceilings that are combined with the soft, neutral blush color palette of the bedding, making this a fresh, modern retreat.

The custom bar area was designed by Shakra and built by Capital Kitchen. It’s conveniently located on the porch with a pass-through to the kitchen, which makes this an efficient and functional space.

Bathroom before and after: With special attention to detail, the master bathroom features a black concrete counter with an integrated sink, new vanity, hardware and ceiling wallpaper.

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