Saturday, October 12

Tahoe Tessie

At Lake Tahoe there is the legend of a large, mysterious creature that lurks in the cold blue waters. It has been dubbed "Tahoe Tessie". There are those who swear to have seen it - including law enforcement officials.  In the spirit of Tessie - I'd love to see this metal dragon railing in a lakefront lodge!
Dragon shaped aluminum railing

Friday, February 1

Football Cake Balls for Superbowl Sunday

We are having a little superbowl gathering and I am making dessert. I am a fan of the TV show "Cake Boss" so I thought I'd try something creative. Since Charm City Bakery is in Baltimore, this is a nod to the Baltimore Ravens, who are playing the San Francisco 49ers.

I learned how to make cake balls thanks to a wonderful YouTube video by the very sweet Zoe Miller. This video shows exactly what I did (with minor modifications noted below.)

I wanted to use ingredients that I had on hand. So instead of using colored candy chips like Zoe, I took out a bag of leftover holiday morsels and enlisted the kids to separate the different color chips.

We used green to simulate the turf and chocolate for the footballs.  (The red will be used for a Valentine's day project.)

I made the cake balls just like in the video using a simple mix and canned frosting. But instead of keeping the balls spherical I made them rather pointy on the ends so they looked like footballs.

While the cake footballs were chilling I melted the green morsels and spooned some into a candy tray, nestled the chilled cake footballs into the melted green and then chilled some more. While the cake footballs and green firmed up in the freezer, I melted the chocolate morsels and then dipped the chilled footballs into the melted chocolate. After the cake footballs were firm I piped on a little bit of white icing to make the football lacing.
Adding Icing to make laces on the cake football

Very easy and pretty dang cute. I am hoping they will be a hit at the party this Sunday!

Wednesday, November 14

Dishes and Dinnerware for a Rustic Lodge

I love dishes! If I had unlimited space I'd have several patterns and, ideally, mix and match them for fun. In a rustic cabin or lodge the style of dishes can be classic, whimsical, or casually collected.
These ski plates and pole bowls would be great at a mountain lodge in winter:

Eclectic Dinnerware design by Bedding And Bath Garnet Hill

I really like these Animal Print Dessert Plates (available from Target and part of the Patch NYC collection).

Target also has dessert bowls in the same animal print theme with a woodpecker, stag, fox and owl motifs.
Source: Target - Patch cereal bowls
Traditional dinnerware designs always seem to be appropriate in a rustic lodge. Here are some examples that I think are beautiful.
The Spode company has a "Woodland American Wildlife Collection" which includes elk and birds. Spode also makes the eternally classic blue and white "Willow ware".

A lot of people find pine cone and bear designs on their rustic lodge style dishes or dinnerware to be appealing.

Then again, one can always use paper plates!

Sunday, July 1

Wyoming Style Inspiration

Howdy from Wyoming!
I just had the great pleasure of visiting my parents and friends in Wyoming. I am so excited to share some pictures I took at my friend Bonnie's house. What a sense of rustic lodge style! I love the antler mirror and window treatment in the bath

 and the sweet little vignette of vintage grooming supplies on the window sill:
Wouldn't you just love to soak in this tub?
Have you got a collection of colorful cowboy boots? Try lining them up in a corner display or...
display them on shelves - particularly cute with vintage children's boots!

Or tuck a pair of cowboy boots in a corner with your favorite jugs and a skull - if you've got one handy...
What rustic lodge doesn't need a cozy window seat?
The room I envy most in Bonnie's house is her sewing room - complete with vintage storage for notions.
So organized - with thread and work tables

In another post, I'll show you some of the sheep wagons - but for now, I hope you've enjoyed a little glimpse into Bonnie's rustic lodge home on the range in Wyoming!

Friday, June 15

Metal Work - Focus on Hunter Metal Forge & Iron Works Inc.

I grew up around metal shops. It's in my blood. My great grandfather, grandfather and father all worked in metal creating beautiful railings, towering skyscraper beams and everything in between. So when we remodeled our mountain home I knew I wanted metal elements. 
Our contractor introduced me to metal worker extraordinaire, Brian Spanier, who, along with his team, does an amazing job with metal. They are located at Lake Tahoe on the north shore in Tahoe Vista. Here is some of their work.

Doesn't this gorgeous, rustic fireplace screen look like it's been there for years? 

I just love how the smooth textures of this inset mantel contrast with the stone, don't you? 
(One could hang the Christmas stockings using neodymium magnets!)

Maybe your retreat has a contemporary style. This metal fireplace and metal "logs" look so striking.

The graceful curve of this beautiful staircase complements the wood stairs and the stone tile at the landing. Making straight metal into graceful curves is not easy!

The beefy metal and hand forging of this custom banding really accentuates the solidity of the wood post and beams. It almost looks as malleable as lead!

Lastly, here are some photos of the work they did for me. The fireplace is my own design. My crude sketch on paper was transformed into this!

Mantel by Hunter Metal - metal under hearth protects the wall from firewood that gets tossed underneath!

Detail of mantel by Hunter Metal 
Hunter Metal also made the fireplace tools!

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour today. To view more gorgeous work by Hunter Metal click here. (Disclosure: I have no affiliation nor did I receive any compensation for this post. I am just a very satisfied client!)

Do you have metalwork in your retreat? If so, please do share a photo or link. If not, maybe you want to contact Hunter Metal!

Tuesday, June 12

Link - "Cabin Decor" on TLC

It's time to share a link!
Source/(c) Whispering Pines

I stumbled upon an interesting article, filled with photos, from "TLC" (The Learning Channel). It is called "Cabin Decor" by Janice Brewster. There are multiple pages with a detailed history of cabins, lodges, and their decor. You might find it interesting; it's fun to look at the photos that have been collected (visual person that I am.)

(Click Here to go to "Cabin Decor" on TLC.)


Thursday, June 7

Fire Places Make the Spaces!

I don't need to tell you that a fire place is a focal point in a room. In a rustic lodge, there has to be at least one fireplace. But you know that, too. Instead of my blathering on stating the obvious about fireplaces, let's look at some inspiring photos from around the web, shall we? (And at the end I'll give you a link to hundreds of fireplace designs, and the source for many of the photos in this post.)

Here is a bold statement - the stone and timbers are so massive that the furniture looks child-sized!
Source unknown
This one appears to be made from just a few massive stones.

Whereas these river rock or field stone fireplaces always seem to me to be a cross between a jigsaw puzzle and works of art. (I remember watching the mason who built the fireplace in my girlhood home spend many days arranging the stones on the floor until he was satisfied with the design before he even began construction.)

Fireplaces aren't often placed in a corner, and I had my doubts that a corner fireplace would work until I saw these examples:

It has always seemed to me to be the ultimate luxury 
to have a fireplace in the bedroom or a bathroom. 
Which would you prefer?
Source: Country Living

Source High Camp Home

These last fireplaces are by master stone artisan, Lew French. I love the driftwood mantel!

Amazingly, none of these stones are cut!

This video shows more of this incredible artist's work:

If you want to find an unbelievable resource for fireplace styles, click on  Fireplace Designs.
Have a photo, link or fireplace idea you'd like to share? Do comment.