Tour Our Cozy Guest Cabin In The Woods

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It has been a slow and quiet start to the summer at our ranch in Montana. We typically have friends and family visiting every week that we are here, but this year we have only had a few guests up, so I have had some time to photograph the ranch in new and fun ways. Less company also means, our guest houses have been empty, so I have been doing a few projects and some updating and today I thought I would give you a tour of our guest cabin in the woods.

We have three guest houses on the ranch all separate and in different settings. (We are just completing the third and I will be sharing that progress with you in the coming weeks.) Each is unique and I have found that most of our company has a favorite for one reason or another. The cabin in the woods sometimes referred to as “The Honeymoon Suite” is tucked away at the back of the ranch with dense woods directly behind it and a view of the pond and valley from the large front window. It is a cozy and romantic hideaway for a couple or the perfect studio suite for a family. Come on in and take a look around!

Our guest cabin in the woods, is a large open space with a combined living area and bedroom, a small kitchenette and an open loft with two twin beds. We designed it to be light and airy yet still feel rustic and warm.

When you first enter the cabin, you are greeted by a small kitchenette stocked with a few basics and supplies. Because we generally share all of our meals in the main house, we decided it was not necessary to put a full kitchen in this cabin.

reclaimed barn wood kitchen cabinets

Our guests have everything they need with a small refrigerator (behind the paneled door) and a few snacks tucked away in the cabinets.

In keeping with the rustic feel of the cabin, we decided to use reclaimed barn wood for the cabinets. Our builder developed a way to create cabinets that look rustic yet refined and we have repeated this design style throughout the ranch.

In the living area, we added an oversized fieldstone fireplace to the cabin, so our guests could warm up on those chilly Montana nights.  We kept the furniture simple and slightly rustic to create a warm, cozy feel.

ranunculus in mason jar

I chose simple, local decor to accent the rustic nature of this cabin.

Because we had to think in terms of decorating not only the living space but also the bedroom, we chose neutral base colors and added some warm accents with pillows and rugs.  I like the idea of being able to change colors in a space seasonally and this décor makes that easy to do.

The rustic leather chair was a find in a vintage shop and is a favorite reading spot in the cabin.

We included a reclaimed barn wood wall behind the bed to keep the rustic look cohesive throughout.  A photo above the bed from a studio in Jackson, WY, depicts the beautiful Grand Teton mountain range.

palid and leather pillows

The wood and linen bed is the perfect base for neutral bedding with leather and plaid accent pillows.  I recently added these throw pillows to the bed to bring together the décor in the living space with the bed area.  I love how it adds a slightly masculine feel to the bed without being too dark.

reclaimed barn wood wall with linen bed.

We did not originally intend to include a loft in this cabin, but because of the high ceilings, we ended up having just enough space for a couple of twin beds in a cozy loft space. 

Cabin loft bunk room

Platform beds with drawers create storage for our visitors without taking up the limited space.

The color palette is warm and inviting without being overwhelming. The pops of deep reds add just the right amount of western charm and can easily be changed out seasonally.

rustic cabin in the woods with peonies in white pitcher

My sweet neighbor’s peony garden provides me with so many beautiful blooms during the summer season. I hope you enjoyed the tour of our guest cabin in the woods. It is truly a magical location on our ranch where our friends and family come to relax and recharge.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our little guest cabin in the woods. Stay tuned for an upcoming tour of our new guest cottage! You can see a preview of the kitchen HERE!

Have a beautiful day!

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  1. I love the inspiration you continue to share and the inviting warmth you create! There is magic there!! xo

    1. Thanks so much Jane! Sure do miss your beautiful spirit here! I hope all is well with you! xo

  2. Hi Karen
    I wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed all of your blog and Instagram posts. I have been following for some time and get excited when I see you in my in-box! Every summer we travel from Santa Barbara to Sun Valley, Idaho for a few weeks and this year will be taking a side trip to Jackson Hole. I was thrilled to see you mention you went to Red Lodge and Cody. After looking online at Red Lodge we have decided to put that on our list to visit this time. Any restaurant or “sites to see” suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy the rest of your summer and as always I look forward to reading what you post next!
    Laurie Cordeniz

    1. HI Laurie! Thank you so much for your kind comment! I appreciate your support of my blog! I’m so happy to hear you will be visiting Red Lodge this summer. It really is a charming little town and we visit almost every year. This year we went to the Carbon County Steakhouse for dinner and it was excellent. I have also heard that Ox Pasture is delicious. I would highly recommend taking the route from Jackson Hole through the east side of Yellowstone and over the Beartooth Pass if you have the time. It is stunning! Have a wonderful trip and let me know how it goes!

  3. Karen – your rustic cabin is of what DREAMS are made!!! WOW – what a perfect well thought-out and perfectly executed space.

    Well done, ma’am – it is magazine ready!

  4. What a beautiful space, I imagine that you are the perfect hostess and your friends love spending time on your ranch! I can imagine friends drinking coffee on the welcoming front porch. The wood work is so beautiful and natural looking for a ranch cottage- every thing is so tastefully done !

    1. HI Stacey, there is a bathroom in the cabin, but it is difficult to photograph. Sorry I wasn’t able to share it.

  5. Holy cow! This is so beautiful, welcoming, charming…you name it!! What a fabulous place for your guests! We will be looking for a second home there in the next year as our daughter has plans to attend the engineering school at Montana State. I cannot wait!! XO

    1. Hi Holly! Yay! So happy to hear your daughter will be at MSU and we will be neighbors!! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and checking out our little cabin. Let me know when you are in Montana-I would love to connect!

  6. Hello Karen, I love your blog and your beautiful homes. In your last email you mentioned you were in Montana and went on a trip to Jackson, then Cody and then Red Lodge. Well my husband and myself just got home to California and we did the exact trip, but in reverse we were visiting relatives in beautiful Livingston and decided to head home but had never been to red lodge, so we drove there first then into Cody then into Jackson! OH ……the beauty of that country, I feel like a different person when I’m in Montana! It’s so calming and everyone is so friendly. One day we plan on purchasing property there, just can’t decide where, it’s all so wonderful! Just wanted to drop you a note, since we drove the same roads recently! Enjoy your summer there! I want to go back now!!! Enjoy!!!

    1. Hi Colleen-So happy to hear you were on the same route as us! Isn’t it just gorgeous? I have the same experience here in the summers and it is hard to return to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. I hope you get the chance to return to Montana soon! Have a wonderful summer.

  7. Wow, your cabin in the woods is like a cabin from fairy tales. It’s so beautiful that it left me speechless and I’m rarely without words. It looks so airy, cozy and bright – perfect getaway when you need it. I love every detail and corner of it and the view from the upstairs is magnificent. How much time do you usually spend in here? I feel like I’d spend every second of the day in this gorgeous place.

    1. Thanks so much Katarina! I really appreciate that! It is a beautiful space and we spend as much time as possible there!

  8. Hi Karen,
    I love your style. I love the barn wood you used in your home. It is just what I am looking for. Would you be able to share where you got the barn wood from? I live in Massachusetts but have a farmhouse on a lake in Maine. Your style is a lot like mine. We are designing a bar and rec room in the house and are planning on using gray barn wood. Thank you, Felicia

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