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Trend Spotlight: What is Cabincore Design and How to Get the Look?

Have you ever dreamed of buying an A-frame cabin in the woods, going off the grid, and enjoying a simple, cozy, nature-filled life? Well, first of all, you aren’t alone. The stressors of modern life have left all of us wanting to leave it all behind at some point or another. Second of all, if you like the idea of sneaking off to the woods, even if it’s just for a weekend, you might appreciate one of our new favorite interior design trends: Cabincore!

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What is Cabincore?

What exactly is Cabincore? It’s a design style that romanticizes the idea of cabin life and mountain cottages. It’s a look that’s definitely rooted in Rustic design, but it has a strong presence of industrial design too—as well as hints of modern and boho styles.

Cabincore started as a fashion “aesthetic,” growing in popularity on social media. But, as a style, it’s beginning to branch out into the interior design world. And we must say, it’s a look we’re absolutely loving. It’s the perfect way to give an old lake cabin a more modern vibe—or to inspire your own home with a more rustic, nature-inspired look!

Cabincore interior design features colors found in nature. You’ll see earthy greens like olive and sage, tones of terracotta and burnt orange, as well as some browns, reds, and blues. Since this style leans into the beauty of nature, there’s a big emphasis on using natural materials in a Cabincore space. However, the natural materials used aren’t your typical woven baskets and jute rugs. Instead, you’ll find more industrial-inspired natural materials like iron, stone, rough-hewn wood, and leather decor.

The combination of all these elements results in a rustic, log cabin-inspired look. It’s very cozy and features comfortable, worn-in furniture, lots of layered lighting, and soft finishing materials—all put together with a touch of eclecticism.

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What’s the Difference Between Cabincore and Cottagecore?

Cabincore and Cottagecore are similar design styles with parallel origin stories. Both are “aesthetic movements” that came out of internet culture and took root in both fashion and design. But they definitely aren’t two names for the same look.

While their “core” ideals are the same—both are about pursuing a life of simplicity with rural sensibilities—the aesthetic of each has a different vibe. What’s the difference? Cottagecore is more traditionally feminine, while Cabincore has a bit more of a masculine vibe. But there’s more to it than just that.

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Cottagecore interior design is inspired by the English countryside; it incorporates traditional design elements that are cozy, quaint, and charming. Furniture and decor has a lot of applied ornament and decoration—this is a style where you’ll see plenty of frills, skirted furniture, floral patterns, and lace. But it’s not on-the-nose traditional. The way it comes together visually is very eclectic. (Think the decor scheme of Rosehill cottage from Nancy Meyers’ classic film, The Holiday.)

Meanwhile, the Cabincore aesthetic is more pared down, with a rustic, industrial edge. This style features lots of raw materials but has a definite emphasis on coziness. (Though, more of an “A-Frame cabin in the woods” kind of cozy than the country coziness of Cottagecore.) There are lots of layered materials in this style, with a mix of both soft and industrial finishes.

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Cabincore Design Ideas

Want to see the Cabincore look brought to life? We asked our designers how they would channel the Cabincore aesthetic into room designs. Scroll down to see the 5 rooms they created!

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A Cozy Cabincore Reading Nook

Whether you have an actual cabin, or just want to bring some Cabincore vibes to a corner of your home, a Cabincore reading nook is a perfect way to bring this trend to life in a small way.

To create a cabin-inspired reading nook, look for cozy textures, classic patterns such as plaid and stripes, and home decor accents with an industrial edge. (Such as an iron wall sconce, like we have here.) Poufs and/or ottomans are a great add-on to a cozy reading nook. We chose a leather pouf and a rustic, woven stool—which can both act as footrests and extra seating options. Some landscape-inspired art helps drive home the vibe. And, of course you can’t have a reading nook without a cozy seating option. We love the idea of a small-but-comfy legless sofa to ground the space. Bonus points if you have hot coffee and some tunes close at hand!

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A Transitional Cabincore Living Room

You might be inspired by the Cabincore trend but want a more livable style that is family-friendly and timeless. Or maybe you want a look that can easily transition between multiple styles in your space or adjust with small changes as your taste evolves. If that’s the case, we recommend trying a more transitional approach to the Cabincore trend, like the room pictured above.

A leather sectional, layered with cozy throw pillows, is the perfect way to achieve that cozy Cabincore vibe. But since leather is timeless and the shape of the sofa isn’t overly trendy, it’s a piece that can continue to work in your space for years, even if you leave the cabin-inspired look behind.

But don’t stop there if you want to lean into a Cabincore look! Layer in a soft rug, and opt for a tufted ottoman rather than a traditional coffee table for a more laid-back approach. A combination of rustic wall art and industrial light fixtures helps drive home the look without feeling overly trendy.industrial cabincore bedroom grey accent gallery wall

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An Eclectic-But-Cozy Bedroom

This space leans into the rustic, eclectic side of the Cabincore aesthetic. It has a look that’s collected and feels cozy and lived in. Darker colors give this bedroom a moody vibe, but splashes of red and blue add warmth to the color palette. This space also gets inspiration from an Americana industrial vibe that many modern cabins have. The trunk at the end of the bed gives a nod to that simplistic and industrial style while being quite practical in an actual cabin setting. (The perfect place to stow extra blankets or games!)

If you were recreating this look in an actual cabin or mountain home, you’d want to incorporate a lot of coziness and practicality. Rustic accents like the pillows and layered rugs do both, perfectly! Warm floors and extra blankets and pillows are great for colder climates and cabins, while also being quite stylish.

But you don’t have to live in a log cabin to bring home this look. In fact, it could easily work in many homes, as long as your space lends itself well to an eclectic or rustic decor style.rustic cabincore green chair living room

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An Industrial Modern Lounge Space

This approach to Cabincore leans into the industrial style found in a lot of modern mountain homes and lakeside cabins. But it also has an edge of that rustic, collected look, which is the heart of the Cabincore aesthetic. This means mixing modern elements, like the sleek coffee table and tapered legs of the mid-century-inspired side chair with “older” elements like a leather sofa with patina and that industrial, antique-inspired cabinet.

The key to pulling off this brand of Cabincore is to keep furniture neutral but darker in color. In a cabin, you want furniture that can handle some wear and tear (and some dirt being dragged in from outside) so stick with durable materials and upholstery (like leather) that ages well! Pair the dark furniture with layered colors in your accents, like poufs, rugs, pillows, and artwork. But not too much color! We gave this space a fairly limited color palette—but we used natural materials like leather, natural wood, wool rugs, shiplap walls, and woven wall hangings to add texture and keep it visually interesting.

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A Comfortable Gathering Space

This take on Cabincore is all about comfort—with a mind toward staying inside during cold weather and gathering around central areas. And in a cabin, that central area is usually around a fireplace! This acts not only as a focal point in a living space, but it also creates a cozy place to gather or relax. With a comfy chair next to a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you can enjoy a hot beverage, take in the view out the window, simply relax next to the fireplace, read a good book—whatever sounds most relaxing to you!

Cozy, layered rugs add extra plushness to this space, giving your feet a warm place to land while you sit near the fire or in the chair and read. But the sheepskin is so soft, you may want to sit or lay directly on the plush and comfy floor in front of the fireplace!

What else makes this gathering space extra cozy? The use of earth tones in the art, rugs, and accent furniture. The overall color palette is very simplistic and somewhat constrained, but the textures of the furniture and decor add depth and bring the rustic, collected look to life.

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Trend Alert: Meet Japandi, The Latest Trend Taking The Design World By Storm

Are you drawn to interior design with plenty of organic elements, but with a more minimalist spin? Then it might be worth checking out Japandi—a design style that’s been around for decades but that’s experiencing a surge in popularity! Read on to learn more about this soothing, zen design trend.

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What is Japandi design and where did it come from?

Japandi is an interior design style that celebrates the harmony between minimalism and organic modernism, with a good dose of comfort mixed in. Stylistically, it incorporates elements from Japanese and Scandinavian design. Japanese style is earthy, warm, and uncluttered. There’s an elegant simplicity, warmth, and ease to this style. It also brings in the tenants of the wabi-sabi worldview, which is all about embracing transience and imperfection. Scandinavian design is a branch of Mid-Century style, featuring clean lines and minimalism in a cozy, informal, and inviting setting.

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As a style, Japandi was born by combining Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian modernism. It was a natural combination, as these two styles already have great harmony and synergy. At its core, it’s a style that’s all about relaxation and using tactile and visual elements to create soothing sensations. The feeling this design style evokes is similar to that you get when going to a spa. Think of it: the fluffy robes, the essential oil-filled air, the tactile sensation of relaxation. That’s the vibe this style brings to life.

Want to learn more about the history of Mid-Century Modern design and where Scandinavian and Japanese design fit into this style? Listen to episode 3 of our podcast!

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What are the key elements of the Japandi style?

Practically speaking, Japandi interior design comes to life through textures, finishes, and styling. You’ll see a lot of natural elements in Japandi spaces, like raw, live-edge woods and leathers that feature a relaxed patina. Other natural materials are also big here—like jute, cane, and even iron and other metals. The use of earth tones helps promote that warm and zen vibe, helping promote a feeling of calm when you enter a Japandi space.

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And, since this is a more minimalist style, you’ll notice plenty of clean and elegant lines in furniture and decor. Function and ease of use are very important when bringing this style to life, so an uncluttered space with simple, minimal styling is essential. With that, artwork tends to be abstract, and if there are patterns, they tend to be fluid and repetitive, so as to not take over the space or make too bold of a statement.

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Why is Japandi design trending right now?

Japandi style is all about creating a serene, elegant, and relaxing space that’s filled with ease. We’re seeing a lot of decor trends right now that are more about ornamental detail and flash. (Think: Cottagecore, Grandmillenial, and even Regencycore, thanks to the Netflix show Bridgerton!) These styles are all a bit more loud, bright, and busy. Japandi style is on the complete opposite end of the style spectrum—and it’s our belief that this style is rising in popularity almost as a reaction to those brighter trends, as well as the uncertainty of this last year. We’re seeing a surge in people looking for more calm and serene interiors.

It’s worth noting that this style is nothing new—it’s simply experiencing a resurgence in popularity. As a style, it’s been around since the mid-century, but today’s version is being remixed into the trend sphere with new elements, like cane, which is very popular right now, as well as more organic approaches to mid-century design.

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In general, calming styles are always more popular during times of chaos or strife—so, it makes sense that now is the moment that Japandi style came back onto the trend scene, considering the social, political, and economic environment we’re in right now. There’s a lot of chaos and uncertainty in the world, and people are looking to create pockets of calm in their homes.

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How to Get the Japandi Look

Want to try out Japandi design and create a calming, soothing atmosphere in your home? Here are our tips on how to get the look, as well as some great minimalist design ideas.

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1. Start with a Neutral Base

Since Japandi design is all about creating a sense of peace and calm in your home, we recommend starting with a neutral color base—from furniture to wall color. In a Japandi space, Swiss Coffee from Benjamin Moore is our favorite neutral wall color, since it’s a warm and inviting tone that’s not as crisp and cold as a bright white. But that doesn’t mean you have to go for all light neutrals. You can switch it up with darker earth tones on walls or upholstery as a way to add more visual warmth to your space.

From there, think in color layers. Layering in multiple shades of one color, like we did in this living room, will help create depth and contrast in a neutral space. You can also accent your neutrals with natural wood tones and pops of charcoal or black in your accent decor. This can show up in an iron end table, darker upholstery on your bed linens, or even in your rugs or wall art.

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2. Bring in Natural Wood Tones

Natural wood tones help bring warmth into a Japandi space. When picking out furniture, like tables and chairs, as well as accent decor, look for warm or light wood tones. You can even consider mixing wood tones to bring additional depth to your space.

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3. Layer in Cozy Natural Textures

Natural materials are a great way to bring visual texture and depth to your space when decorating with Japandi style. Layering in natural textures such as a jute pouf or woven wool blankets and throws will help bring in some coziness to your space!

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4. Go for Low-Profile Furniture

Lower profile furniture will help your space feel larger, airier, and brighter—which helps give the illusion of a more minimalist space. So, choose beds, sofas, and chairs with simple, clean lines. You could also consider beds and sofas that have legs and are lifted slightly off the ground to further drive home that light and airy vibe.

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5. Invest in Cozy, Plush Materials

When it comes to furniture in a Japandi space, prioritize comfort. Imagine your home as a retreat and choose furniture pieces to reflect that. You want furniture that you can sink into and get really comfortable—furniture that you can curl up on at the end of a long day and recenter yourself and relax.

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6. Reduce Clutter

In Japandi design, you want to pare back your shelves and furniture surfaces to reduce visual clutter. Keep decor like picture frames, trinkets, or nonessential items to a minimum. But just remember—this doesn’t mean you’ll have a boring space! Quite the opposite, in fact. Rather than using objects as ornamentation in your space, you can think of materials as ornamentation—like the texture a cane chair brings to a space or the organic texture and shape of a floral arrangement.

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7. Add in Natural Pops of Greenery

We all know that plants make us happier (and up the quality of oxygen in our homes). So it makes sense that incorporating plant life into a Japandi space is an absolute must for a style that’s all about calm and relaxation. Would a spa be complete without some pops of natural greenery? No—and neither would a Japandi space! Plus, plants are a great way to add texture, color, and a bit of ornamentation without adding more “stuff” to your space.

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5 Trends That Defined the 2010’s… Where are they now?

2010s trendsAt the end of the year, we always take time to explore the trends on the horizon for next 365 days. But, as we round out a decade, we’re also taking a look back at some of the most-popular trends of the 2010s. Which stuck around, which evolved, and which do we hope we never see again? We asked our VP of Style, Alessandra Wood what the most decade-defining 2010s trends were and how they’ll evolve in the future.

From Mid-Century Modern to mason jars, take a scroll down memory lane and revisit some of the most memorable trends of the 2010s!

Mid-Century Modern

The world’s obsession with Mid-Century Modern defined so much of the 2010s. During this decade Ray and Charles Eames were reborn as a household name, alongside other great designers of the era.

We saw the Mad Men obsession trickle into furniture designs in nearly every top retailer in some way. Whether through acorn finishes and tapered legs, or iconic revivals, Mid-Century Modern style design was everywhere—even Restoration Hardware introduced Milo Baughman chairs into their RH Modern line.

And if you look beyond the world of design, popular culture was also obsessed with this time period. Shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were a huge hit, and put Mid-Century Modern trend front and center.

farmhouse style 2010s trendModern Farmhouse Style

Chip and Jo’s Fixer Upper farmhouse style was another look that made a mark on the 2010 trends landscape. All over HGTV, Target, and Living Spaces, the duo introduced farmhouse styling to people everywhere.

Curiously, real estate reports noted that homes with a farmhouse sink commanded a higher selling price than those without. All in all, the style re-introduced us to cozy, warm spaces that are welcoming and inviting for friends and family.

millennial pink 2010s trendMillennial Pink

This hot color seemed to be everywhere in the late 2010s. Pantone even officially solidified its place in history as one of the colors of the year in 2016 and cult beauty brand, Glossier, even dubbed it as their official color.

In the realm of home design, millennial pink got its moment in the spotlight in furniture and decor alike. Blush sofas were at one point considered the “it” statement piece and we’re still seeing the color in accent furniture and decor.

And it doesn’t seem like the design world is quite over millennial pink. Although, today it seems to have grown up a bit and reemerged as a dusty rose.

chevron trendChevron

Sparked by a 2011 collaboration between Missoni and Target, chevron emerged onto the design scene as the must-have pattern. Everything, it seemed, would feel more fun and vibrant in the classic zig-zag pattern, known as chevron.

From rugs to pillows, to wallpaper, chevron dominated patterns in home design. DIYers painted rooms and furniture with chevron stripes. An early star in the Pinterest scene, this hot geometric pattern’s popularity eventually petered out in the mid-2010s.

mason jars trendMason jars

The craft craze of the 2010s brought Mason Jars front and center to the world of home decor. After an initial debut in the wedding industry, crafters soon began to introduce Mason Jars into every aspect of the home. From rustic drinking glasses, to bathroom storage solutions, candle votives, even lighting fixtures, we saw mason jars everywhere.

 

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