After spending a decade shuttling between Atlanta and Los Angeles for work, designer Brian Patrick Flynn decided that what he needed was a place to get away from it all. He found exactly what he was looking for in a 1,700 square foot cabin in the North Georgia mountains. The views were unrivaled, but the interiors, unfortunately, left a little to be desired.
The cabin's bathroom was a knotty pine nightmare, dark and orangey with a tiny, cramped tub. But Brian had big plans to brighten and modernize the space, while still preserving traces of its rustic roots.
The biggest and most dramatic change Brian made was to paint the original knotty pine paneling white. Keeping the paneling (as Brian did throughout the house) preserves a bit of the cabin's rustic feel, but the new, lighter shade makes the bathroom seem much bigger and brighter.
The space occupied by the old tub is now a spacious shower, with a custom curtain (with a waterproof liner) which hangs from a rod just below the ceiling. It's a trick decorators often use on windows to make ceilings seem taller, and it works here, too. The door to the linen closet is covered in the same fabric, and a new toilet lends a nice modern edge.
On the vanity side of the room, a wooden countertop, leather-wrapped mirror, and industrial sconces add a little bit of rustic charm. Everything comes together to create a stylish, modern space that still feels right at home in the country.
To see more of Brian's cabin renovation (read: lots more before and after shots), check out the full story on Country Living.