For many people, assembling log cabin kits has been not just a great DIY project, but a wonderful way to create some extra space amid the claustrophobia of stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions.
While that may have been great for people in Britain, the same is also true around the world, even in some of the countries where the pandemic has had the least effect.
A good example of this is Australia, which, helped by its geographical position, tight birder, hotel quarantine and firm use of snap lockdowns has managed to keep cases very low, with many cities going months on end without a case and enjoying ‘normal’ life.
However, Melbourne had a lengthy and strict lockdown last year and that inspired the design of a log cabin owned by interior stylist Emma O’Meara and her husband Simon, who is a plumber, after they were forced to cancel a holiday.
They bought the out-of-town cabin last May and then renovated it, renting it out to guests when not using it themselves.
This was not a new build and had been in use as a holiday let for some time, but they set about upgrading and transforming it, using a colour scheme based on the Australian bush."It needed a lot of love," said Emma. "The place was half-furnished, but we had to get rid of almost everything." She said the use of “dark, earthy colours” became the template for the redecoration.
Of course, a log cabin based away from home in the countryside will inevitably have a different setting to one in the back garden of a suburban home. But the idea of tailoring the internal hue of a log cabin to fit the nearby environment may be an inspirational one. For instance, the use of lots of greenery would fit well in a lush part of the UK near some verdant countryside.
Alas for Melbourne, it is back in a snap lockdown after a rise in delta variant cases. But when this ends, one can be sure there will be plenty of desire to get out of the house and into the log cabins once again - just as Britons enjoying their well-jabbed freedom will be able to do here.
Author - Martin Corby
Posted - 29 Jul 2021
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