Craftsman style homes have always had a special place in my heart. I grew up in a home that my dad and my grandpa built – the most beautiful craftsman style home I’ve ever seen. It is filled with wood – from beams to trim and walls to ceilings. It is what I picture when I think of a country home. So, I knew when my husband and I bought our house that I wanted to add a bit of a lodge feel to it.
In 2010, we purchased a modular home from Friendship Homes. It was a 1-story with a spot for a stairwell. The house was classic and filled with earthy tones and a stunning kitchen filled with wood cabinets. Due to the house being completely finished, I always felt like I couldn’t fully make it “ours”. But when it came to our basement, we were able to design it exactly how we wanted it to be.
This is where I got to design our ‘lodge’ which will eventually be our rec room with a family room area and a bar area – it is still in the process, 7 years later! The joys of owning a home!
I had always wanted a fireplace in my home – my parent’s house has a gorgeous stone fireplace through the entire middle of their home – from the basement all the way up to the 2nd floor. So, with our upstairs already coming as a finished product, I knew that our fireplace had to be downstairs – which completely fits the lodge-y feeling.
Great Lakes Stone – in Duluth, MN – has been my go-to place for stone products. We purchased the stone for the outside of our house and our fireplace from them and I would never go anywhere I else.
Since it is Father’s Day, I have to brag about my dad a little bit – which I do a lot! In order to save money, he did his magic – as usual. He put the stone up for us, which saved us bundles of money. He has literally taught himself by trial and error all of this stuff. I am beyond honored and blessed to have a dad that has been able to teach me from a very young age. I remember being a little girl wanting to watch every little thing that he did with his tools. I hope that someday I can teach my daughter the same stuff. Thank you, dad! You are pretty amazing! He may just be featured on the blog in the future months 😉
Our basement walls are log – they will be seen in a future blog post – so to carry that trend throughout, I wanted to have log mantles on the fireplace as well. Another piece that can cost you an arm and a leg. Thanks to my dad and Lester River Sawmill we were able to find some half log planks. My dad was able to sand them and put a coat of shellac on them and they turned out beyond perfect!
Decorating the hearth and mantles was my favorite part – surprise, surprise! As I mentioned in a previous blog, I am not the hugest fan of mounting large televisions – this is exactly why. We have the largest mount and the television is too heavy so it literally looks like it is going to fall off the wall – but no worries, it definitely will not!
My husband grew up going to Lake Tomahawk, WI where his grandparent’s had a lodge – unfortunately they sold it before I came into the picture, but I have heard such wonderful stories from the days at the lake. During a move, his grandpa was getting rid of stuff and we were able to inherit some wonderful lodge-style decor items. Not only do they fit our theme, but every time my husband sees them, he can be reminded of all those great childhood memories.
We didn’t stop there with memorable decor. The longhorn is a gift from his uncle whom owns a farm in southern Minnesota. The cowboy boots are my late brothers, which have such sentimental value to me. The old window has one of our wedding photos behind it and the lantern and log are both decor from our wedding as well. Each and every item we decorated with has such a special meaning to us. Using decor in these ways adds such a personal touch to any home!
The end product came out so much better than I ever imagined. The fireplace definitely added the finishing touch to our lodge-style basement! I cannot wait until we have all our finishing touches done, so we can relax on the couch on a cold winter day with our cozy fireplace on or enjoy our bar with friends.
As always, thank you for reading!