It was a wonderful week of break from all the things called normal life.  I was so happy to share some of my friends with you last week through guest posts and I’m equally as happy to be back with you today! I missed you lovelies something awful.


We spent the week in the mountains working on our little mountain cabin, getting it ready for good people like you to come and spend the weekend with me! As soon as we finish it, I’ll be making plans for our first retreat so stay tuned.

We built the cabin ten years ago and haven’t done any updating since then.  I decided that since my own house is chocked so full of color and pretty things, I’d let this place be a retreat from all my normal tendencies.  So, we’re going modern, spartan, rustic on a background of white.  Here are a few pictures from before we started, with yellowish/khaki walls and stacks of things from my trip to IKEA.

cabin before.jpg

It’s basically a large front room that contains the kitchen and living area, with two small back bedrooms, a central bathroom and then a loft with another bathroom.



It’s hard to get motivated in this little slice of heaven because all you wanna do is a lot of porch sitting and big talking.


The cool mountain mornings make you think you’re in Narnia.


Everybody that was willing to work was handed a paint brush and an IKEA chair to assemble.  We got so much done, which may have something to do with having no phone service and the slowest most countrified internet in the world.  I tried to send an email at 8 in the morning and it finally went through at noon.  This is horse and buggy  internet but probably good for when you’re trying to retreat.

The 7th graders and the college graduates and the tired mommas alike got busy on the transformation.  We all pitched in and put things together and painted like there was no tomorrow.



It didn’t take long in the painting process for the magic to start happening.


I bought the wrong size for the sofa cover, but now I’m waffling and wondering if I might just get the white one instead of the orange patterned one I had my heart set on.

Y’all.  I’m not gonna lie.  Every last thing in this little mountain home looks better dressed in white.  The stacked stone fire place stands taller and the light bamboo floors walk softer.


The spiral staircase even seems to cause less vertigo.

If I’d have known this, I would have painted it white from the beginning.


And what white did I use? (If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering….)

Well.  I took a Facebook poll that was split right down the middle between Simply White and  White Dove.

So, I did what all lovers do and I threw myself with abandon into perfect peace and  compromise.

It’s equal parts of both.

(Like most of the good things in my life are.)

My next question is? Would you come to the mountains with me so we can talk about Lewis (and his quote that causes the hairs on my arms to raise up)?  So we can ponder the place where all the beauty comes from?

Also, I’m painting the outside of the cottage and you can visit here to see what color I’m contemplating.

What do you think?!?!?

LOVE Y’ALL and so happy to be back!



ps. (Thank you to my friends who’ve inspired me with their love and white spaces.  Yes, I’m talking to you Paige and Myquillin)

pps. (Can we have a moment of silence for my right hand which will hardly open this morning after all the writing and painting?  Amen and thank you Lord for Motrin.)

58 comments on “Progress at the Mountain Cabin {The Power of White}”

  1. Love.It.All! 🙂 Truly. So happy you had a work week with family and accomplished much. It looks absolutely lovely. So happy for y’all. And, yes, would LOVE to come to a retreat there any.time.

  2. Oh it looks fabulous .. The white truly makes the fireplace look even more stunning than it ready is..

    Congrats & I wish you lots of happy weekends there ..

  3. We just built a house and it is all white! I’m fighting a big battle in my head between a lot of neutral decorating and a lot of colorful decorating. I love your leather lounge chair though, where is it from??

  4. Love the walls painted white,,,and for the couch/sofa,,I like white, maybe it’s an Elvis thing,,or that white is peaceful, or so the beauty from God’s gracious colors can speak from outside.

  5. How lovely that you have in mind sharing your slice of heaven! If you host it, I will come! And I love all of your choices. I love color too, but it’s fun having a second place to take in a different direction! Well done!

  6. So peaceful! I read the Lewis quote several times…wow, just wow. He often has articulated thoughts that I have had, but do not know how to write myself. Thank you for sharing!

  7. All the white looks wonderful & peaceful.. The fireplace pops!
    I love being at the lake…I spend lots of time with God on our pier..can’t wait to get back after the winter we have had …we painted our cottage in Northern Wisconsin a deep chocolate brown with cranberry trim 2 years ago and wow do I love it! I might have considered the black if I’d seen it …. Looks beautiful ….
    Blessings on your day,

  8. i love the tobias chairs. we have two at our breakfast table right now and i think i am ready to go ahead and get 3 more. they do scratch, but i just love how airy they are! your cabin is amazing.

  9. It looks so peaceful and welcoming! Did you consider painting the spiral staircase white? I have one exactly like that in my beach house and have often thought about painting it white but have not done so. Would love to hear your thoughts on that! thanks…

  10. Welcome back! First of all, I would like to thank you for the wonderful guest bloggers that posted while you were away. The quote is perfect and speaks to my hearts desire. I love the mountains and dream of having a cabin or condo there someday. Our daughter is a student at Appilachian State University in Boone, NC so I get there pretty often. I would absolutely love to come for a visit! You all have done a beautiful job renovating!

  11. You all did such a great job, I love it! Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great place to relax and unwind.

  12. It’s lovely! Thanks for sharing! I sure missed you last week but thoroughly enjoyed the ladies that ‘covered’ for ya! 🙂
    I’d love to visist!

  13. Hi Edie,
    Thanks to you I have discovered CS Lewis. I like the quote above, but I have to share this one (which you probably already know) because THIS one is my fav:
    “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

  14. Lovely, just lovely!! The white walls are very peaceful. The light streaming through the windows is fabulous and the fireplace is beautiful too! 🙂 The Ikea products are perfect for the space. A mountain retreat sounds awesome…especially with you hosting. 😉

  15. girl. it’s a bold woman who can live in the world of color AND live in the world of white. i’m so proud of you sister. and my goodness….i. am. in. love. simple as that!

  16. It’s beautiful! The white is just so clean and bright. I love the exterior color idea. If ever there is a mountain retreat, I’d love to come and see it in person! 🙂

  17. It is absolutely stunning! As for a retreat at your slice of Heaven, I think that is a wonderful idea and I would definitely be interested. We just drove through Tennessee this past week (stayed in Franklin one night) and my husband and I always comment about how lovely it is. We sometimes talk of moving there after our kids are grown.

    LOVE the white walls.
    The white sofa—will show every speck of everything. If you can live with speckles, go for it.
    Exterior colors-very interesting. Our hallway is painted with the color Black Jack by Sherwin Williams- Love it-
    Welcome back!!!!!!! Missed you-
    Buckets of Love-
    PS- CS Lewis quote- slays me

  19. Yes, yes & YES!!! It would be a dream to meet up and just chat it up in the mountains with you! Thanks to Paige, I’ve been following you girls for about 4 years in the blog world…if it’s possible to have mentors via the interwebs I would count you two as two of mine!
    Love the cabin…you’re an incredibly talented decorator, even if that isn’t what you went to school to do!
    I love the 2nd pin on the first row, if you go left to right, and I also love the 1st pin on the 2nd row. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

  20. I’m not one for lots of white, but I have to admit it does look charming in that cabin. I do love the spiral staircase and that fireplace! The colors you’re contemplating for the outside are beautiful, too. happy retreating!

  21. I love your beautiful white cabin surrounded by God’s glorious creation. Amazing, peaceful serenity. Absolutely reminds you of Narnia.
    A retreat with you, in those glorious mountains, discussing Lewis and so much more, is a definite to do.
    Welcome back, you were missed.

  22. Love the white walls and cabinets. for the couch cover I might go for something darker as we are dog people and the dog is spoiled rotten. however, go for it if that is your vision.

  23. I LOVE the cabin and the setting. I think the white makes the fireplace pop – also, it let’s you have a very clear, uncluttered space for contemplation. I love color normally, but am leaning more toward white with minimal decorating for that very purpose. I would love to just come and sit on the porch. My heart years for mountains. The quote is one of my favs!

  24. Oh your home in the mountains is truly divine! It was lovely to begin with but the white just makes everything so fresh. That is what I love about Paige’s home! (and what I keep trying to convince my guys but they love color as much or more than I do!!)

    a retreat? seriously?!! I mean you are just a hop, skip, and a jump away… it would divine! (i have to admit i don’t know if i have ever commented, even though i’ve lurked here for the past 4 years… no reason why… it just seemed like words wouldn’t come… but you have truly been a blessing so I finally decided it was high time to let you know!!!)

  25. Loving the white and the fireplace looks wonderful next to it! My own house is colourful but I do dream of an all white room someday! A black n white exterior will be gorgeous!

  26. My husband and I have one common dream – to have cabin by a lake (or some body of water!) for a retreat … that is why we have stayed in our starter home for 15 years in a small town. So, seeing both of your homes is just mesmerizing to me … I would love to live or retreat to either! 🙂

  27. I love the white… I also love the old yellow and would be so happy if you shared the name?? 🙂 I need a nice yellow.

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  29. Puh leez mama I will come to that cabin like kids come running at the bell of the ice cream truck we’ll eat big and talk long and soak it up like a waffle in a sea of syrup

  30. I miss the mointains of TN. Kind of made me sad to see them; ot’s been so long. Your cabin retreat will be a blessing to you adn many others. Love the patan look. Nothing to distract you from the mountains, thinking and big talking.

  31. Is the cottage exterior all wood? If so, have you considered using a stain instead of paint? Lower maintenance in the long run. And it will look good even when it ages.

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