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BEFORE + AFTER: An eighties log cabin is modernized


Interior Design Onyx & Oak
Builder Sawtooth Construction

Finding creative solutions to update a traditional  Ketchum log home built in the ‘80s is no easy task, especially when it involves keeping the integrity of the exposed log-supporting beams and structure intact.

The pendants over the bar are from Arteriors and the sectional and ottomans feature custom upholstery by Onyx & Oak from Kettlewell, Rogers & Goffigon, and Garrett leather.

The team at Onyx & Oak Interior Design, combined with builders Sawtooth Construction, carefully and meticulously took on the project—and the end result was well worth the care and collaboration it took to preserve the original structure while updating the interiors and flow for how the family would be using it today.

“This family home offered us great bones, beautifully vaulted ceilings, and a perfect loft space for the kids with all the rustic charm we could ask for,” says Kristin Losey, co-owner of Onyx and Oak Interior Design. “We aimed to modernize this ‘80s log cabin while still maintaining the look and feel of a mountain home.

“The first step was to tone down the ‘orange’ logs with a rich yet neutral wood stain. Then, layering checks, plaids, and stripes with soft blues and warm greys helped achieve the cabin’s welcoming feeling. At the same time, updating the kitchen finishes and lighting throughout balanced the overall design. It’s modern mountain living at its finest.”


This article appears in the Fall 2023 Issue of Sun Valley Magazine.