A Sustainable Haven: Modernizing and Transforming a Cabin Home

Cabin home facade after remodeling featuring light grey wood log color and white columns with a sidewall stone feature
Kitchen fireplace stone feature in white washed brick and updated knee wall with ceramic white tile finish.

Welcome to my latest design endeavor, where I had the pleasure of modernizing and completely transforming a charming cabin home for my clients. This project was a true testament to my commitment to eco-living, sustainability, up-cycling, and reuse. In a world increasingly conscious of environmental impact, home improvement projects that prioritize sustainability have become both popular and crucial. Join me as I take you on a journey through the rejuvenation of this rustic retreat, where vintage treasures found new life, tons of reclaimed wood was recycled and sustainable practices took center stage.

Embracing the Past and Sustainability

When I first laid eyes on the cabin, I was captivated by its rich history and rustic charm. Rather than stripping away its character, I decided to embrace it. I scoured local flea markets, antique shops, and online platforms to find unique vintage pieces that would seamlessly blend with the cabin’s aesthetics.

The homeowners recognized the importance of selecting environmentally friendly materials, reducing waste, and maximizing energy efficiency. They opted for natural and renewable materials,  reclaimed wood accents, and low VOC paints and wood stains. This conscious decision ensured that the space would be both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible.

The Beauty of Recycling and Up-cycling

To breathe new life into existing elements within the home, I embarked on an extensive recycling and upcycling endeavor. Started by hiring a local company to carefully deconstruct (not demolish) and salvage tons of existing furniture, wood trim and shelving. All interior and exterior logs got a facelift with water based stain and natural oils.

The heart of my design philosophy lies in giving new purpose to forgotten treasures.

By repurposing all reclaimed wood and old wood furniture pieces, I not only added character and charm but also reduced the demand for new products. Shop this look on my Amazon store.

Creative Integration of Vintage Pieces

One of the highlights of this sustainable home improvement project was the integration of vintage pieces into the overall design. An antique Jacobin buffet became a stylish bathroom vanity, stripped to its natural raw wood beauty and complete with new sinks, fixtures and hardware. The old double vanity got a modern rustic spin by refacing the laminated fronts with natural wood and completing the look with refinished butcher block countertop.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades

In addition to their focus on recycling and vintage integration, the client also invested in energy-efficient upgrades. They replaced outdated appliances with energy-saving models, installed programmable thermostats and windows, and upgraded insulation to reduce energy consumption. These measures not only contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle but also bring long-term financial savings.

Spreading Awareness and Inspiring Others

As a die hard environmentalist, I recognize the importance of sharing my sustainable home improvement journey to inspire others. I documented the process on social media, highlighting their creative recycling and up-cycling ideas, as well as the integration of vintage pieces. By showcasing my achievements, I’m trying to encourage others to embark on their sustainable renovation projects, demonstrating that eco-conscious choices can be both rewarding and aesthetically appealing.


The transformation of this cabin home was a labor of love and a testament to the power of eco-living, sustainability, upcycling, and reuse. Through my meticulous sourcing of vintage pieces, the integration of sustainable practices, and the revitalization of all log and wood surfaces, I successfully created a haven that balances modern comfort with a respect for the past.

This project stands as a reminder that sustainable design is not only about reducing our impact on the environment but also about cherishing the stories embedded within each piece and preserving them for generations to come. Together, let us continue to explore the endless possibilities of eco-conscious design, one project at a time.