This main room served as kitchen, dining room and living room. Much of the furniture was probably hand made from local wood. The walls and floors are also locally produced.
Take a look at the log wall along the back of the room. This is an outside wall, with the rounded logs facing out and scraped smoother on the inside. If you like this look, today’s hand-scraped wood flooring can give you a taste of it. This wood floor, on the other hand, is not common today. That muted light brown-grey tone comes from lots and lots of scrubbing with harsh soap and water to keep it clean.
The central table has a much richer patina – developed through hard use and loving care. You can find flooring and furniture with a comparable level of character. Some floors are reclaimed from older properties and sanded and stained to achieve this look. Flooring companies are also getting very good at creating this feel from new wood.
How much wood do you want in your own home? Things have changed since the time when people had to build a life with products made with their own hands, but much about this room is inviting and charming. What can you learn and borrow from this room to add charm to your own space today?