By Patricia Sheridan
HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s the time of year when cabin fever starts to take hold.
No, not the kind that makes you want to get out. This one draws you deeper inside with the warmth of wood, an open hearth, candlelight and a faux fur throw.
Whether you live in a townhouse, a McMansion or a camp in the forest, there are a few must-haves to get that curl-up-and-get-cozy feeling. Genesee River Trading Co. specializes in vintage and vintage-style pieces to enhance your existing cabin or create the look at home. The company makes all the right accessories for that north woods look, from old canoe paddles to prints, paintings to rustic furniture.
“We love to mix our furniture pieces with vintage items and layer to achieve a rustic, cozy atmosphere,” said Brenda Trainor, who owns the company with her husband, Steve.
Their Bunkhouse beds, which are bench-made from hickory, look great with vintage plaid wool or Hudson Bay blankets.
“We don’t use any electricity since they are made by the Old Order Amish,” Trainor said.
Sarreid Ltd., the North Carolina-based furniture company, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Its Buck’s chest is made from recycled pine with natural antler drawer pulls, so no two will be exactly alike. This is a versatile piece that could be used in a hall, bedroom, den or tucked by the fireplace.
If a mounted deer head is not appealing, consider Gold Leaf Design Group’s version. The company’s skull and antlers painted gold takes cabin living to another level. Then there’s Cisco Bros. Cambridge chair. Made for a fireside chat, it’s shown here upholstered in one-of-a-kind Hakan fabric.
Wax tapers and the glow of the fireplace are nice light sources, but they can’t hold a candle to Currey & Company’s Teepee chandeliers by fabric designer Aviva Stanoff. They come in large and small, both with feathers and crystals hanging below. Using them together creates a camp-like vignette above the table.
Century Furniture’s new Corso Collection features a cabinet with an exclusive Southwest-style blanket fabric upholstered on the doors and embellished with nail heads. This could work as an end table or nightstand.
Hancock & Moore, famous for quality leather upholstery, has the Abby chair in honey-colored saddle leather with a nailhead design on the apron. The company also does custom painting on its leather chairs. Several ranches have requested specific scenes that are hand-painted by a local artist, then sealed to preserve the painting.
The Marco chest designed by Thor Taber for Theodore Alexander’s Highland Collection is made with mesquite-finish mahogany and has three hair-on-hide drawers embellished with cast branch pulls. It also comes in console size (for a really tiny cabin in the woods).