Log cabin décor of course, comes from the rustic style of living that log cabin living has to offer. For many it seems like a luxury today to actually own a log cabin in the woods and because of this, decorating our homes in log cabin décor has become a popular trend. But, even though new log cabin decorating ideas are cropping up every day, log cabin décor didn’t originate from aesthetic reasons but rather, from practical ones.
The earliest log cabin living can be traced back to medieval times, when those in England and Scandinavia built log homes from the nearby trees in order to provide themselves with shelter. When they left Europe in search of the New World, they brought those cabin building and cabin living skills with them. Those who came from the British Isles specifically were the ones who brought the timber-frame style of log cabin décor with them. This was because there are few trees in England and so while living there, they had to rely on creating the main structure with timber and filling the rest in with infill, which is much like plaster. It’s from this period that the simplistic concept that comes with log cabin décor originated.
Those who settled in New England brought with them much of what we think of when we think of authentic Early American living. It was these settlers that brought with them wooden rocking chairs and log beds that are covered in quilts. It could be argued that it was from these settlers that some of the most popular log cabin decorating ideas are still alive and thriving today.
It was almost half a century later when the Shakers arrived and settled in New York, Kentucky, and Indiana. The homes of the Shakers were not actually built from logs, but they did rely on timber to frame their homes. And it was inside their homes that they really perfected cabin living. It was from the Shakers that the idea of simplicity was refined even further. These settlers are responsible for the wooden hooks and pegs, wicker baskets, and other bare cabin necessities, meant to hold the little the Shakers needed to use for daily life. The Shakers also created cabin furniture made from fine wood. While there no ornate carvings or minute details in these pieces of furniture, they did show natural bold lines of the grain and woody knots detailing it throughout. These are still some of the most favored pieces of log cabin décor that can be found today, whether or not they were ever actually used in authentic log cabins.
At the end of the 1800s, the American love of all things simple ended and as the Industrial Revolution exploded, so did the people’s need for things, things, and more things stuffing their homes with as much as possible. This put an end to log cabin décor for several years. Today, as people strive to escape from the business of the world to a peaceful retreat, log cabin décor is once again on the rise. Because while material goods may have taken over for a few years, everyone really knows that it’s the simple things in life that are truly the best!