Buffalo plaid, down jackets, fur coats, LLBean boots... I am not writing a flashback piece about your New England collegiate years in the 1980s, though I have clearly described the wardrobe of my small all-women's school in a tony Boston suburb. These classic and timeless pieces are in the forefront of today's style, seen on the streets, in both fashion and shelter magazines. As the unseasonably warm temperatures have finally bid us adieu, and angry winds hurl themselves against our window panes and the soft white snow starts to blanket our northern states, we seek warmth and comfort in our wardrobes and in our homes. It's the time of year to hunker down inside, whether to get things done around the house such as tidying and organizing, cooking large vats of soup or snuggling up in a soft, warm blanket with a great book. Turn up the heat, light a fire or soak in a luxurious tub with your favorite bath oils. There's no time where home seems quite so welcoming, offering shelter from the storms and chilly winds. Whether you're a minimalist, modernist, eclectic or traditionalist there are many ways to incorporate cabin chic into your decor. Architectural elements such as exposed wood, brick and beams lend themselves beautifully but not every home has these. A Cabin Chic look can be created with a few simple accessories including faux fur, animal hides and prints and with elements found in nature and in the wild (branches, logs, antlers), as well as seasonal sporting items such as antique skis, sleds, skates.
If you must go out - to work, or the grocery store, to shuttle the children back and forth, or an outing into town - dressing for warmth takes center stage. Elegant furs, both real and faux will keep you warm for a chic evening out and downy puffer jackets worn with warm knit sweaters and socks, hats and scarves and boots meant to protect the feet from the cold and the wet will have you warm and toasty no matter where you're headed. The classics never fade from style. In my closets, from my high school and college years I still have my original LLBean boots, a couple shetland sweaters and an old, navy LLBean puffer vest that bears my name in red that my mother sewed in during my school years that I wear to this day, name tag and all. Now my daughter has me shopping for the same items my mother bought me decades back. (I no longer have, however, the old buffalo plaid shirts and Woolrich jackets) Casual or luxuriously chic, this season what's fashionable outside the home is also fashionable inside the home. Take a look, you may just have a few of these items in your closets too!
Photographed for Vogue, Amanda Brooks is casually chic in front of her gorgeous Cabin Chic Mountain home. Read here for more.