A Frame Cabin Tours

By Kate Riley October 3, 2019

Who dreams of a cabin in the woods? (Me, raising hand.) I’ve spent a few vacations in an A frame chalet in Lake Tahoe, so this style of cabin has always appealed to me.

A frame cabins were extremely popular from the 1950s to the 1970s as vacation getaways that allowed informal entertaining and an easygoing lifestyle. The A frame’s basic design made it more economical to build. It has a distinctive peaked roof that stretches from the rafters to the ground and horizontal cross beams that stabilize the structure and support the second story.

By design, it does have a few disadvantages: minimal wall space, restrictive window placement, and fewer closets. But what it lacks in layout, it makes up for in charm. The upstairs rooms (or loft) open to the lower level below creating relaxed communal living. In the A-frame there is less opportunity for privacy, so the residents must gather around the fireplace or play outside, encouraging an open shared lifestyle.

Any A frame remodel must accept the dramatic slanted roof and never disrupt the pure triangular lines. Some renovators bring in an abundance of light paint to give the cabins a Scandinavian vibe, others allow the wood tones of the walls or ceilings and beams to shine. I gathered a group of updated and well decorated A frame cabins across North America for your enjoyment, and note some are available to rent!

Heber City, Utah



Big Bear Lake, California


Lake Menominee, Ontario


Big Bear, California


Maurice River, New Jersey



Hood River, Oregon



Big Bear, California


Harbor Springs, Michigan


Who else out there is a fan of the A frame cabin? Have you stayed in one? Did a friend or relative own one? What memories do you have of time spent in an A frame cabin?


Tortoise Shell + Amber Glass

By Kate Riley October 1, 2019

This time of year we take a cue from nature and seek out warmer tones, and for me it’s my collection of amber and tortoise shell blown glass. Amber glass possesses light protection so it makes sense that it’s used for storing beverages like whiskey or ale or liquids and solids for apothecary reasons.

Tortoise shell was originally made from the animal itself, but thankfully the trade was banned in the 1970s. In modern times it’s made from blown glass and is recognizable from its mottled brown pattern. Wouldn’t you agree there’s no smarter pair of eyeglasses on a handsome lad or lovely lady then tortoise shell spectacles?

It’s October, so I was pulling out my collection of amber and tortoise glass as I do every fall season to display them around the house, filling the vases with viburnum clippings and the vessels with vanilla candles. I found some styled images from the past in my archives and they were so pretty I had to share them again!




One place to look for amber glass is at the thrift or antique stores, I’ve picked up several from my collection there. Also eBay and Etsy sellers have some great vintage pieces. And of course at this time of year, you’ll find more for sale in retail stores for obvious reasons, they’re the perfect vessels to mix into your decor to capture the essence of fall!


amber glassware / tortoise shell hurricanes

tortoise tray / medicine bottles set / circle and stem vase

candleholders / water glasses

tumblers set / amber hurricane


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