Photograph provided by Virginia State Park staff

by Bonnie Joy Designs

Mix together the following ingredients:

  • A cabin or cottage nestled amongst the trees (may substitute a mountain or a lake);
  • Dark hardwood flooring (preferably hand-scraped);
  • Floor to ceiling windows with custom treatments;
  • A goose-down filled couch and cozy wing-back chairs with ottomans (tufted, if possible);
  • Intimate lighting (try an “Antler” chandelier);
  • Reclaimed lumber on the beamed ceilings and walls;
  • Warm area rugs in every room;
  • Eclectic mix of antique and modern accessories;
  • An herb garden on the kitchen window sill;
  • Organic linens in the bedrooms and bathrooms (best overall suggestion: bamboo)

Add a large dose of love, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect rustic, romantic retreat!

P.S. Don’t forget to add a large pinch of state-of-the-art electronic equipment such as flat screen T.V.’s.

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