This “U-Frame” Catskills Cabin Is Cozy, Rustic, Perfect
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Name: Ashley Kost, husband, and a Golden Doodle dog
Location: Roxbury, NY
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned
My husband and I purchased our cabin in January of 2018 after deciding we needed an escape from city living. We chose the small town of Roxbury because it’s where we got married in 2015, so it already had a special place in our hearts.
Our home is located approximately 2.5 hours from NYC and at the moment we are using it as a weekend home and renting to guests through Airbnb. We’ve worked hard to create a space that feels unique to us; a lot of the items and furniture in our home are the result of countless hours of thrifting.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Cozy, eclectic, nostalgic, collected, Americana.
What is your favorite room and why? The kitchen! Our Big Chill refrigerator is easily my favorite thing in our home. It was the first purchase I made, before we even officially closed on the house. I chose the mint green color and have slowly designed the entire room around that decision. Also, after living with Brooklyn-sized kitchens for so many years I am happy to have more space to cook and entertain.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? The traffic that we have to endure leaving NYC every Friday evening to get to it!
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The plaid removable wallpaper in our basement. The basement was one of the last projects we took on and also the most difficult to style because it was such a large empty space. We decided to create a lounge/bar room and added a pool table, poker table, and a custom reclaimed wood bar. Adding the industrial pendant lights and wallpaper really tied everything together. Removable wallpaper is no joke but I think it was worth the effort.
Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? The kids from “Moonrise Kingdom” would be very at home here. I think we unknowingly channeled a very similar 1965 camping vibe when designing the house. You can see that with the similar color scheme, vintage mountain memorabilia, and the slightly romantic feel that only comes from a cabin in the woods. We’re also surrounded by six acres of untouched woods, trails, natural streams, and wildlife; it’s the perfect little place to explore.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Try not to follow trends just because they’re what’s popular. Choose pieces that speak to you and make you happy. A few people told me that yellow for the exterior was too loud but I am so glad I didn’t listen because it is one of my favorite choices we’ve made.
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