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Getting the Lodge Look brings the feeling of the Old West to your home. If you know how to get the Lodge Look properly, you can bring the Western style to your home without turning your living room into the OK Corral.

The style of the American West doesn't stand on pretense. It uses comfortable, natural pieces instead of ornate, decorative ones. You want a room that anyone would be comfortable in, from a CEO to a ranch hand.

Because of its emphasis on comfort, the Lodge Look is popular in lodges and vacation homes. It is great for giving people the feeling of getting away from it all. Look to lodge-style resorts to get great ideas.

Aim for a comfortable “get away” feeling when decorating with the Lodge Look.
Aim for a comfortable “get away” feeling when decorating with the Lodge Look.
  • Use American rugs on the floor or, in a Contemporary way, as upholstery.

  • Western-themed art also provides color direction.

  • The American West version of this style gets its color direction from Native American rugs with strong reds, blues, and earth tones.

  • The East Coast Adirondack fishing-camp version uses lots of twig furniture, braided rugs, and typical Autumn-in-New England harvest colors in golds, reds, and strong but softened greens.

  • Don’t forget the birch bark canoe! Elements that bring fishing and other outdoor activities to mind fit in well.

  • The Lodge Look uses wood and stone elements extensively.

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Katharine Kaye McMillan, former senior editor of a New York City-based national magazine, is a writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers. She is a contributing writer to internationally circulated Florida Design Magazine. She is the co-author of several books on decorating and design, including Sun Country Style, which is the basis for licensed signature collections of furniture and accessories by three leading American manufacturers and importers. A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, she holds a masters degree in psychology and is a doctoral student in psychology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.

Patricia Hart McMillan is a nationally known interior designer, whose interior design work for private clients, designer showcases, and corporations has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New York Times and USA Today. Known as a trend spotter and for clearly articulated views on design, she is quoted frequently and extensively in both trade and consumer publications. She a ppears on TV and talk radio. A prolific writer, she is coauthor and author of seven books on interior design and decoration, with Sun Country Style signature collections of furniture based on two books. She has taught decorating courses at several colleges and conducted numerous seminars across the U.S. She is decorating editor for Christian Woman Magazine and reports on design trends for The Sun-Sentinel, a Tribune newspaper based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has been editor-in-chief of two publications and was head of a New York City-based public relations firm representing some of the most prestigious names in home furnishing and building products. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in art history (with an emphasis in architecture), from the State University of New York (New Paltz). She was awarded a certificate from The New York School of Interior Design.

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