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How to Create Makeover Magic

Tips for bringing log homes into the 21st century

Photo by Audrey Hall

Taste, lifestyles and technology have evolved considerably over the past few decades. As a result, there are many beautifully constructed log homes from the 1980s and ‘90s that enjoy great bones and longevity but may be poised for a stylistic makeover, like this contemporary refresh by designers Rain Houser and Skye Anderson of Urbaine Home in Bozeman. 

Here, Houser and Anderson share some tips for bringing such structures into the 21st century.


Adding texture will give a room depth and interest without making it busy.


We view cabinet hardware and lighting as the jewelry of a house. Both are details that can sway its success.


Dry white oak boards, for instance, become the most beautiful furniture or cabinetry, and reclaimed stone basins become the most talked-about sinks in a home.


Antiques are so important; they add soul to any room. Adding antiques makes a house feel collected rather than decorated. Vintage rugs, antique leather chairs and one-of-a-kind accessories make a space unique. 

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