This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by a cabin that’s been transformed into a family home. Nestled comfortably on a one lane road, Becky Dawson’s rural Estacada, Oregon home was originally built in 1940 as a one room fishing cabin. Thanks to a large addition, it blends the original charms of a relaxing retreat with modern day amenities.
For more photos of Becky’s scenic home, visit her on Flickr. Check out her Etsy shop, OneLaneRoad, for handmade apparel, home goods and accessories inspired by her home’s close proximity to Mt. Hood, Oregon’s national forests, rivers and lakes.
Where do you live and with whom?
I live in the land of big lifted trucks and Christmas tree farms, with my husband Shane, our daughter Stella, a big slobbery dog named Louie, a guinea pig named Clementine, and our 3 laying hens, Caesar, Noodle, and Dumplin’. We’re just a hop, skip and a jump from Portland, Oregon. After city dwelling for a number of years, my husband and I both craved the country life. You know the dream: a house with land and a shop, tucked in the woods with a creek nearby; room for a family to grow, and maybe a few chickens and goats? Well, we were lucky enough to make this dream into reality. I love where we live and feel fortunate to call this place home.
[Clockwise from top left: Vintage 70s Afghan from drowsySwords; Oregon Sign from WeatheredWays; Old Chevy - Framed Giclee Print by PurpleLizardStudio; 6 Foot Oak Leaf and Summer Blossom Banner by GFetti; Clipper Ship Western Shore Art Print from dotbunnysspot; Set of 3 Rustic Barn Wood Flower Sconces by TheBarnYardShop.]
Describe your home decorating style.
I decorate with what feels right. It’s all about setting a mood – cozy and comfortable, with little quirky surprises; embracing the cabin in the woods vibe, but with our own twist. My husband and I both enjoy hunting for antiques. Re-purposing is also a huge passion; taking old beat up objects and making them functional and beautiful is such a rewarding feeling. Handmade is huge around here, too. If we can’t make it, we try to buy from someone who did. I’m lucky enough to know some amazing artists amongst family and friends. My mom and grandma are both very talented painters, and they have given me paintings that I proudly display.
Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
It was an evolution. We started out as two broke 20-somethings with an eye for style and a passion to make our home stand out. We didn’t have much, but we were creative with what we had. Moving to the country, becoming homeowners, parents, estate sale junkies, gardeners, and entrepreneurs were all influences.
[Clockwise from top left: Rooster Against a Teal Sky by millersye; 1950's Mid Century Kelvinator Refrigerator from RetroLuxeHome; Birdhouse Trailer by birdhouse20; 24" Aspen Log Bar Stool by RusticStyleColorado;Oregon State Cutting Board by AHeirloom; Antique Tube Radio from AmericanRadioDesign.]
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
My parents. I grew up watching them buy, sell, build, remodel, and decorate many lovely homes. They had a knack for thinking outside the box when it came to home design, and I knew from a young age that I wanted to own a place where I could knock down walls if I wanted, paint crazy colors, and make it into what I saw as the ultimate art project.
[Clockwise from top left: Tall Oil Can from SerotonumSoap; The Red Barn Art Print by JemmasGems; Set of 6 Antique Oak Chairs with Tooled Leather Seats from AlessandraErmelinda; Old Barn Door Desk/Table by BohemianWorkbench; Deep Dish Casserole by TwistedRiverClay; Walnut Pie Safe from BlessedBeeMelisa.]
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I’d say about 80% of our home decor is secondhand: Craigslist, estate sales, thrift stores, curbside free piles. The rest is either handmade, family heirlooms, or good ol’ Ikea.
Does your home hold any strong memories?
Our daughter learned to crawl, walk and talk, all in the three years we’ve lived here. Watching her grow provides some of the strongest memories in our home.
[Clockwise from top left: Original Watercolor Nude Painting by thelittlehappygoose; Collectible Camp Blanket from ChronologieVintage; Reclaimed Wood Mirror by RestorationHarbor; Teal Baroque Stained Glass Box by VetrallinaGlass; Mason Jar lights by HandymanRed; Stained Glass Suncatcher by ShatteredbyLight.]
What is your favorite part about your home?
Inside, I love all the knotty pine and stone accents; outside, the wooded setting and the secret swimming hole we have in the summer. Then, of course, there’s the 13 foot tall sculpture in our front yard. There was a very large cedar tree out front that had to come down because it was dying. Cutting it down was such a sad thought, until my husband had this amazing idea: why not put a Bigfoot carving into the stump? I’m pretty sure our neighbors think we’re absolutely nuts, but we love our Bigfoot so much!
Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.