September is here and I always have cabin withdrawal symptoms. I spend time from Spring until the end of Summer either sharing inspiring cabin photos, or talking about my little beach shack, or dreaming about cabins. Just last night I went to bed and drifted off dreaming of a cabin I have found in Sweden. So this time of year I come home from Norfolk and miss that place. Even though I love my life and my new home I just wish I could be there a little more often. The best idea I can come up with is where I get a job visiting as many cabins as I can across the world! Now, wouldn’t that be an amazing job to have 🙂

My new website will have categories and I think a cabin category would be ideal, so those people that don’t share my passion and love for the wooden escape can switch off and focus on other Interior things instead.

I am in the process of renovating my cabin. Having bought it 4 years ago we have done small jobs like paint the whole inside white. All the Interior had last been updated in the 70’s and even though I never thought I would have to live with woodchip wallpaper again I was so wrong arghhhhhh It is practically everywhere except the porch and the best thing we could do at the time is paint it very matt so we could disguise it a little! I know who was I trying to kid right? Well, it worked a little bit. The roof needs to come off and have more of a pitched roof put on which will then give us the opportunity to work with the internal walls and add shiplap inside which as we all know is very beach style.

We did rip out the awful Kitchen that was there though and add a freestanding one which I love. Our Anniversary a couple of years ago was wood, so we purchased a few key pieces and we are so happy with the result. We also added an amazing wooden floor that was purchased from a reclaimed expert in Norfolk called Mongers. They had a reclaimed floor, a very old pine that was 350 years old and it fitted perfectly in the cabin. Sand is always an issue at the beach so its so easy to just sweep it all outside with a good floor. I also added shells which might sound very cliche but I love pebbles and shells from being a little girl and I am not giving up on this trust me.

I love the latest trend of painting the outside in Black. One news article called it the sexy cabin trend and yes with a smile on my face I really can see that. Anyway who says cabins can’t be sexy? The cabin I was dreaming about last night was Red and all cabins in Sweden were mainly Red a few years ago, but the trend is definitely Black and it has an amazing wow factor. When a cabin is painted Black it gives the opportunity to be in real contrast with greenery outside and just looks fab. I won’t be painting the outside of my English hideaway Black because I am not allowed for a start! but if I ever purchase a Swedish one you can guarantee I will definitely do that. Or as my son would say thinking positively about something I want WHEN I get a Swedish one I will do this.

So top tips where to start well

My top tip is don’t try to fit in with what everyone else is doing. If your style is a mid century approach why not add an Ercol sofa or side table if that’s your desire? Don’t feel you have to stick to Beige and Blues as a theme as inspiration out there is endless. I dare you to spend an hour looking through My Scandinavian Home blog and not feel inspired by so many homes, cabins on there.

Be daring. Don’t be afraid to add colour and think of your beach style as a way to express your identity. Add art, add your personality.

Texture is a huge key in beach interiors because if you go to the beach in Winter you want layers. So adding layers to your bedroom decor or living room is key to a successful cosy look. Add little nooks for added interest. Because I have limited space I find adding shelves an excellent way to be practical and add features. My bedroom will not allow for side tables as space is limited so I have added a little crate which is just enough room to fit my cup of tea and a book on, just perfect.

If you live there all year around the style you choose has to work every month of the year so think of that when choosing colour and design for your beach style interior.

Photo Credit Scandinavian Retreat

Having height is a real bonus even if your cabin is small so if your thinking of any redesign then add this into your thoughts for your internal space. My cabin like I say is going to have a new roof on which will make the inside look so much bigger. The original rafters were covered up so we will have it designed so you can see the rafters and the shape of the roof which will draw your eyes upwards and make everything look bigger.

Photo Credit Unique Home Stays

Using mixed materials is a great trend that can be used very easily in a space like a cabin and I often think enhances the natural element you’re trying to achieve, so think about mixing materials when updating the bathroom or kitchen. As seen here the mix of metal, wood and concrete creates an impact.

Hot trends for a while have been using Black and White as a theme but Grey is a calming colour and we will see more cabin inspiration using Grey and also Green which stems away from the Scandinavian trend of monochrome.

Next year will be a year of renovations for me to share and I for one cannot wait.

Bye for now x

Gallery Pictures

Kettle picture – My Scandinavian Home

Sexy Kitchen – Chris Warnes






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  1. Nichola - Globalmouse

    September 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I love the idea of a black exterior although I adore the deep red of the cabins I saw in Norway. I LOVE the idea of a cabin home!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      I agree Nichola the Red cabins are lovely. I think Black is a new modern trend developing now 🙂

  2. Patrick

    September 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    It will be fun to watch your journey of maintaining and improving your cabin!!Love the pictures.

  3. five little doves

    September 14, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Oh I LOVE a beach style interior! It’s not really the kind of interior we go for as we live in a rural village so I much prefer more of a modern/country twist. Great tips though!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      I love the country look too, and I do like it when people work with the house and surrounding area. It sounds lovely where you are 🙂

  4. Sarah Bailey

    September 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    What some great ideas for a beach style interior, I absolutely love the idea of bringing the seaside into the home, espechially when I live so far from the shore.

  5. Rebecca

    September 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    So beautiful, I’d love to escape to a cabin, especially one near a beach.

  6. Kara

    September 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I am about to redecorate my lounge and am going for a beach style look

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Great choice very relaxing, enjoy 🙂

  7. Rhian Westbury

    September 15, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I love the look of the black exterior makes it look so sleek, it’s good that you use it so much x

  8. melissa major

    September 15, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Some brilliant ideas for beach style inspired interiors, they look amazing. Cabins always look so relaxing

  9. Amy Deverson

    September 15, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Love this post – you are so lucky you have a cabin to renovate because a project like that sounds like one of my dream projects!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you it is nice to renovate and we have sacrificed holidays abroad to spend money there but it is worth it 🙂

  10. kirsty

    September 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    This looks incredible, I love the use of the different textures that creates light and gives great features. It’s great how you’ve managed to optimise space by opening up the rafters in the ceiling x

  11. Gareth Torrance

    September 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The deep black exterior is a really cool design idea! I’d never have thought of doing that!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Gareth 🙂

  12. Super Busy Mum

    September 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    What gorgeous designs – super cosy and I absolutely love that rustic feel!

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  13. Flavour Seeker

    September 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Gorgeous cabin! I’m immensely jealous. The black exterior is definitely a good look and I love the bedside crates.

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      Hello thanks although the Black cabin is only my dream, my inspiration. Mine is white but the Black Cabin I am showing the trend that is to use Black.

  14. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    September 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I absolutely love these ideas! I feels such a calming, relaxing place 🙂

  15. Jenni

    September 17, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Oh i would love to have a cabin one day to escape to. I like the black exterior. I do like beach styles but think I would go more with the Scandinavian pic you have

  16. Jenifer Moore

    September 18, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Looks amazing! I would love to stay to a cabin especially near any beach!

  17. Tanya

    September 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I love the idea of a cabin but I’d want a pink one, a girly heaven ha. If I was going for the beach theme I’d want lots of calming blue and grey tones, and shells on my accessories. I love that you made sure to have space for your tea in the bedroom.

    1. northerninteriorgirl

      September 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      I like the idea of a pink one, I would love to see someone do that one day 🙂

  18. Alicia Lewis

    September 18, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    love this!! great post : )

  19. Louise

    September 19, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I think you have the beach style totally nailed! I love interiors like this – they make me feel very chilled 🙂

    Louise x

  20. Yaya

    September 21, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I’m such a lover of black that I would adore the black exterior on everything from a cabin to a house!

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