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Thrift the Look: Cabin Decor in Plaid

January 16, 2020

Cabin decor in plaid! There are a few tips and tricks behind the success of this look. Find out how I re-created my inspiration photo with a collection of thrifted finds and by shopping my home. Learn where I used a DIY touch for the finish, and you’ll be ready to thrift your own way to creating this cozy, cabin look!

How to thrift the cabin look with a blend of plaid and a little red lantern by Audrey Would Vintage Home.

Thrift the Look Blog Hop

I would like to acknowledge Sarah of Sadie Seasongoods for bringing our ‘Thrift the Look’ blog hop to the admin team of Creative Vintage Darlings well over a year ago. Sarah is the creative genius behind this series, and is instrumental in coming up with each new thrift-the-look theme. Thank you Sarah! And… if you love vintage like we do, come on over. We’d love to have you join the Creative Vintage Darlings Facebook group, too!

Cabin Decor Reveal Day

Today is reveal day, and I’m super excited to share all the cozy, dare I say hygge, cabin decor reveals with you. For this challenge we have each selected our own inspiration photos. We understand that decor is very personal so we have once again chosen to share a range of cabin decor ideas with you rather than all working from the same one. It’s time to curl up and get comfy for the read because you will find links to each blogger’s inspiring reveal at the end of this post.

My Cabin Decor Inspiration Photo

When I spied this photo posted by Country Living on Pinterest I knew it was the one. I have a vintage suitcase that was gifted to me a few years ago by a childhood family friend, and I knew it was the perfect starting point for the below look.

Though we don’t lean too much in the direction of cabin decor in our home, I loved the idea of re-creating this vignette. The opportunity to showcase my vintage suitcase felt like it was meant to be.

Shopping My Home

In spite of our personal decor style, for this challenge it ended up I didn’t have a long list of things to search for. I always start by shopping my home first and then I go thrifting for, and/or DIY the rest. The things you see here are my kick-off pieces that I already own.

1 Cozy Plaid Throw – I’ve had this throw for many years, and it’s my favourite to cozy up in, but it’s the only plaid blanket I own. Fuzzy blanket added to the thrifting list.

2 Throw Pillow – perfect in shape and size, but the fabric is all wrong. Plaid fabric (or plaid pillow case) added to the the thrifting list for a DIY pillow cover.

3 Herringbone Wool Throw – I thought this throw I purchased second-hand a year ago would work, but it wasn’t quite right tucked in with the plaid mix. I used it to elevate the vignette instead.

4 Basket – a little hard to see in this pic, but this basket was thrifted for my Thrift the Look: Boho Decor. I didn’t end up using it in my Boho mix, but… the perfect size for my cabin decor combo and the colours of the weave make it fit.

5 Chunky knit sweater – this is an old, old favourite sweater of mine and I thought the colour and texture might work. The rust colour and flecks of yellow & purple help marry the family of reds in the vignette.

6 Little Red Vintage Lantern – I thrifted this guy back in the summer with this challenge in mind. At the time I hadn’t yet found my inspiration photo, but once I did… I could see swapping out the thermos for the lantern instead.

7 Vintage Suitcase – it’s larger than the case in the inspiration pic, but honestly, how could I resist?

Thrifting My Cabin Decor Look

I always start with a complete list of what I have, what to look for, and ideas to keep in mind. My inspiration photo is printed out with this list, and for the duration of the challenge I don’t leave home without it.

One thing I always remember is to keep an open mind. Just because I have my thrifting list doesn’t always mean success. That’s the fun thing about these challenges – you really have to look at things creatively and be willing to improvise.

Achieving My Cabin Decor Look

The biggest success in my thrifting rounds was scoring the perfect piece of plaid fabric for the pillow cover. Because my plaid throw was a key starting piece for the vignette, it also helped set the tone for a slight shift in the colour emphasis.

I was really hoping to avoid the look of Christmas, and I think these pieces work hard to do this. They pitch the forest green tones while pulling in the deeper burgundies and rusty reds. The brighter red running through the pillow fabric, as you will see in a bit, works to balance the other reds in the vignette. What I really like about this plaid duo is the contrast in texture without deviating from the colour scheme.

The colour weave of the basket is another factor that makes the overall vignette work. Even though it’s a bit bossy and begs for attention, it knits in the neutrals and ties in the darker colours of the plaids.

Improvising to Create Cabin Inspiration Look

I did come across some fuzzy blankets and plaid throws in my thrifting rounds, but none of them were quite right. Well, there was one that would have been amazing for $9. Pure wool, thick and chunky. I’m sure my heart skipped a beat, but when I opened it up, two huge squares and the fringe had been cut out at two of the corners. That’s the nature of the thrift! Buyer beware, and for $9 I left it there.

What I found instead was this Ingles Buchan pure lambswool scarf for $3. Since I was re-creating a vignette opposed to a snapshot of a room, I knew I could improvise the look of a plaid throw with the scarf.

This is where I used the herringbone wool throw to elevate the vignette. I set it under the scarf to make it look like a plush throw, and then tucked it completely out of sight. I took this shot first so you would know where it’s hiding.

DIY’s to Complete the Cabin Decor Look

1. Plaid Pillow Cover

I mentioned earlier that the pillow needed a cover, and once I found the fabric that was a super easy DIY. Here’s a glimpse of the mock-up ‘before’ with the fabric draped over the pillow just to see how everything looks.

Learn how to combine a mix of plaids to create a cohesive look for your cabin decor.

I had plans to sew the pillow cover up properly, but I actually cheated a little by neatly folding and pinning the fabric instead. The plaid won’t really work in our existing every day decor so I thought a temporary pillow cover would do the trick.

2. Frame for ‘Outdoor Life’ Wall Art

The one thing I didn’t see coming was how hard it was going to be to find a large frame for the red backdrop of the ‘Outdoor’ wall art. I originally had another idea in mind to DIY the frame using a thrifted bamboo tray I’ve had for quite some time. It turned out the tray wasn’t close enough in scale, so I tried to thrift a large frame instead. I hunted and hunted, but never did luck out. This was the hardest part of the inspiration photo for me to replicate. Here’s what I did.

  • I used the lid off a large, old wicker trunk I thrifted awhile back and had on hand. The frame in the inspiration photo looked like bamboo, so given what I was up against trying to find a frame, I thought this lid was a close second.
  • To achieve the look of the backdrop I covered plaid Christmas wrap with 2 pieces of red handmade paper.
  • I made the frame for the ‘Outdoor Life’ image by cutting thin branches to size and placing them on the image once it was trimmed and tacked into place.

Even though the branches are light in weight, I didn’t really want to use glue to secure them. Glue can be messy and takes time to dry. My favourite go-to for DIY’s like this are Glue Dots. They are easy peel-and-stick adhesive dots that really hold things in place.

Thrift the Look: Cabin Decor Reveal

In the end I think I got pretty close with my version of the inspiration photo. You will see in my comparison between the two vignettes that I edited a few things out.

Some of the changes I made were intentional based on personal taste, and others, like the frame, were not. The key to putting together a look like this is all in the details, and that’s where editing comes in.

Editing A Vignette: Knowing When Enough is Enough

  1. I left out the red slippers even though I came across 2 pairs that were perfect. I felt they would be too much next to my basket along with the mixed plaids, and to my eye, they didn’t really add much. I liked the look of just the fringe in that spot.
  2. My rust coloured sweater was layered into the basket instead of setting in napkins. The sweater was key in anchoring the plaids and family of reds, and I think the visual weight of it balanced the rest of the elements.
  3. The little red lantern replaced the thermos. I actually like the thermos a lot but I don’t own one anymore, and I really wanted to integrate the lantern into this challenge. The lid of the thermos gives the vignette some extra pop because it bounces light, and the glass of the lantern also does that in my vignette.
  4. I opted out of the plaid tablecloth (or blanket) layer under the suitcase, again because I felt like it would be too much. Instead I used a plaid napkin I had to just give it that touch.

Links to all our Thrift the Look Cabin Decor Reveals

I’m one of seven bloggers sharing our ‘Thrift the Look: Cabin Decor’ projects with you. As promised, below are the links to the rest of the cabin decor reveals. I hope you will take the time to check them out!

Cabin decor and lodge decor with upcycling ideas for items from the thrift store

Sadie Seasongoods        |        Audrey Would!

Thrift shopping for log cabin decor or rustic cabin decor

Sweet Pea         |         Home to Heather         |         Little Vintage Cottage

Lodge decor or modern rustic decor from thrifting and secondhand shopping

Lora B Create and Ponder         |         Itsy Bits and Pieces

Pinned & Shared at Audrey Would

With the winter weather so many of us are having, being cozied up in a cabin sounds like a very good idea. By the way, did you notice the dusting of snow in some of the photos above? That’s actually for real. We got hit with snow, so I took advantage of the opportunity to use it like a prop!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Audrey Would Vintage Home blog

Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Reply Laurie @ Vinyet Etc January 21, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    You absolutely nailed it. I LOVE that art you created, better than the original!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 21, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much Laurie! The art was a lucky ‘whew’ moment for me 😉 I sure missed you and your creativity in the challenge – I hope the next one works out. Hugs my friend xo

  • Reply Sadie Seasongoods January 17, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    This is FABULOUS! I absolutely love your inspo photo- had I found it, too, I would have seriously considered it for mine. I love how much thought you put into it and your checklist- smart, practical, and personalized. You knocked this out of the park, Sheila!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 18, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Wow! Sarah, thank you so much. I really appreciate your feedback and thoughts. These challenges are so much fun, and I love the way they stretch us creatively. You are a rockstar for pulling all of this together for the rest of us. Huge kudos to you my friend!!

  • Reply Lora Bloomquist January 17, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Your leather suitcase is awesome, Sheila! This was the perfect way to enjoy it! I love how you simply framed the art with the sticks; I need to remember that simple idea! You replicated the original look perfectly!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 17, 2020 at 10:55 am

      I just love the suitcase and treasure it, so it was fun to use it in this challenge. And thank you! It’s those last minute improvisations that sometimes turn out the best! I really love how your cabin decor turned out as well. And now for the next one!

  • Reply littlevintagecottage January 16, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    You did such a great job with this challenge, I think yours looks even better than the inspiration!


    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 17, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Thank you so much Tania! What a nice compliment – I appreciate that. And now for the next challenge, right? Looking forward to seeing you there!

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  • Reply Karolyn Love January 16, 2020 at 7:44 am

    I like yours better than the example!! Especially the way you did the picture with the branches! So very cool! And I agree, the slippers would have been over-kill….your finished vignette is perfect!!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 17, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Thank you so much Karolyn – what a compliment! I appreciate it. And I also appreciate your visit here. Thanks so much for taking the time… 🙂

  • Reply Heather Eigler January 16, 2020 at 7:40 am

    You did such a wonderful job! My favourite thing is the re-purposed lid / frame. It has SO MUCH texture that it really works well! Nicely done friend.

    • Reply Sheila Zeller January 17, 2020 at 10:45 am

      Thank you so much Heather 🙂 It’s funny how ideas suddenly pop to mind when thrifting comes up empty. I was running out of time because I just knew I would find a frame in my thrifting rounds, except NOT!

  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces January 16, 2020 at 5:59 am

    This is so wonderful, Sheila!! The scarf was the perfect choice for the plaid…and the Outdoor Life art and the way you framed it…perfect! You did a beautiful job with this fun challenge!

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  • Reply paulasweetpea January 16, 2020 at 4:57 am

    Your version of the inspiration picture looks so great! I love that plaid scarf that you scored. Since you don’t want to use a green plaid pillow in your decor, you were smart to pin the fabric in place rather than go to the trouble to sew a pillow cover. My favorite part is the Outdoor Life art that you created.

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