For the front entrance lights, we chose fixtures of antique brass. They were hand-made in Maine with the look of old-fashioned lanterns. The glass in the onion globe was a style popular in Colonial New England.
We just chiseled a flat spot on the log and screwed in a wood backer for the lamps to be secured to.
On the back porch we put a pair of tear drop styled lamps modeled after the street lights used in Brooklyn 100 years ago.
In the vaulted ceiling of the great room, we installed ceiling fans. They have a rustic verdi-gris finish and pine blades. Our electrician hid the wires behind the purlin.
We put a large onion globe fixture up in the vault, and colonial wall sconces in the hallway upstairs. In the dining room we hung a colonial tavern chandelier.
In the great room and dining room we have a lot of windows to let in light. However, we did need something on the windows for privacy.
We ordered two-inch wood blinds for a few of the windows. They were pretty easy to install, we just screwed them in flush with the top jamb at each corner and in the middle.
These blinds also came with a matching valance. We chose a light pine finish to go with the interior stain color.
Log Railings and Stairs
The stairs that lead up to the second floor and loft were handcrafted by the log manufacturer. We built the railing which consists of log newel posts, a shoe rail, dowels and a hand rail.
On the front porch we constructed the stairs and the railing using log rails and spindles. We also did the same for the back porch.
Each of the stair jacks is a pair of 2x12 redwood boards screwed together and cut for a rise of 7 1/2 inches and a run of 10 inches.
For the treads, we used 2 redwood 4x6's side by side with about a half inch between them. We secure them to the jacks with 6 inch galvanized screws.
We've worked a lot of rustic elements into the cabin, and we wanted to continue that with the furniture.
Our log furniture was handcrafted in Colorado and shipped in pieces to be reassembled on site. These pieces are lodgepole pine logs, so they go nicely with the white pine logs used for the cabin.
The manufacturer drilled all the holes and labeled the pieces for easy assembly. All we did was get the right piece in the right hole and secure them with lag screws.
Hardware and Wood-Burning Stove
The hardware and wood stove we installed in the cabin also carried on the early American style. Our hooks and fireplace tools by the mantel are hand-forged black iron.
In the dining room, we hooked up a black enamel, cast iron, wood-burning stove. We'll use this on real cold winter days to supplement the heating.