There’s something appealing about spending a week in a basic cabin or cottage. This is a place that has just enough of what you need, and little beyond that, a kitchen with a stove, basic set of dishes, simple bathroom, a place to lay down and sleep, perhaps an area for lounging around. You all know what I mean, a place where you feel you are getting back to basics. Maybe it doesn’t have a sous-vide appliance or an ice-cream maker, maybe it only has one kind of soap, but you feel good there, you feel peaceful, unburdened by all the extraneous stuff we pile into our everyday lives.
One way this feeling can be evoked is by creating a rustic atmosphere. This type of space is simple. It shows its materials honestly, and they appear well-used. It is wood, brick, stone, stucco, the basics. It keeps the accessories to the necessary with the addition of a spray of flowers or greenery. It hearkens back to a traditional look, but can also feel super modern. Maybe a quick round of decluttering can find that space for you, or perhaps invest on an old farmhouse table instead of a contemporary dining set. Pare down, and relax.