We’re Into: The Lodge-Inspired Look

Suzanne Kasler's 2015 Holiday Collection

When the temps start to drop, along with a multitude of leaves, our nesting instincts kick in and we’re naturally drawn indoors. To impart that cozy feel we’ve all been craving, we found inspiration in the inviting, rustic warmth of hunting and ski lodges. Even if you don’t have a stone fireplace (and especially if you do), it’s easy to add those warm, natural elements that are found in some of our favorite rustic lodges.

Designer Suzanne Kasler conjured Christmas in a lodge for instant, feel-good comfort in the space above. She paired rustic textures and wood elements with classic tartan red. By incorporating not just one tree but three into this living room, Suzanne recreates the great outdoors ambiance of a lodge, which is reinforced by the stacked firewood. And no chalet is complete without a set of antlers. This year, Suzanne transformed her trademark antlers into a wreath — we love it layered over greenery.

Lodge inspired decor

Any lodge-inspired room needs to feel cozy and warm, and the combination of the dark gray walls and our Heirloom Patchwork Quilt in a rustic red strikes just the right chord. We created rich texture throughout with a plush wool rug layered over a natural woven rug, a burlap bedskirt and a woven cane headboard. The unadorned greenery and Antler Candle Sconce add that back-to-nature feel.

Lodge inspired decor

While you may not live in Aspen, you can recreate the luxe lodge look with the right mix of materials. Here, we layered in refined textures with our oversized Chesterfield sofa and pillows, all covered in luxuriously soft velvet, and went heavy on the metallics thoughout. The Natural Cowhide Rug and sculptural Antler Chandelier are the perfect marriage of rustic charm and sophisticated attitude for this room. The distressed planked wood tops and metal legs of our Durham Tables provide a nice balance to the more chic touches.  

Lodge inspired decor

Accessories make all the difference when you’re trying to make it feel as if you’re just steps from snow-capped peaks and evergreens. Art isn’t the only thing you can hang. Add actual relics from the great outdoors, such as sleds, snowshoes or a pair of skis, like our Found Wood Skis from early 1900s Bavaria. The vintage-look Wine Barrel Plaques and distressed wood shelves make a style statement while adding to the cozy vibe.

Lodge inspired decor

This lovely breakfast nook boasts the perfect mix of textures and the winning combination of buffalo check (hello, red!) and burlap. We’ve got the beautiful view, but in lieu of exposed wood beams, we incorporated plenty of architectural elements, such as our hand carved pedestal table, wrap-around steel frame bakers rack and Hadley Pendant Chandelier. The Birch Candles are just the icing on the cake.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    Monica Lavin

    December 12, 2015

    I love the lodge inspired look! The antlers and quilts you used add a lot to the room. I also love all the warm textures and colors!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      December 14, 2015

      So glad! Thanks Monica!