200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... Redesigned and Done!


It’s been almost two years since we shared the making of the Haley Cabin, and since then, interior walls went up, stones were laid and the finishing touches were set in place. Almost 200 years in the making and this old cabin has a whole new family and life of its own.

Inside these logs of centuries old, we designed a space that was not only modern and unique, but one that preserved the history and integrity of the original cabin. To give you a little history of the cabin, we’re going to take you back to a small town in West Virginia. Originally built by the Jackson family in 1842, this Single Pen story and half style log cabin was later turned into a beautiful white two-story home for the Shaver family who enjoyed it for many years. In 2018, Mark Bowe of DIY’s BARNWOOD BUILDERS had the opportunity to save this cabin and find it a new home right here in Alabama for the Haley family.

Preserving the history of the cabin and creating a “modern meets rustic” design was all the inspiration needed for the Haley’s and designer, Karen Tillery to transform this cabin into beautifully crafted space with a character all it’s own. So, if there’s not a log on the wall, you’ll find unique patterns that not only mimic days of old, but reflect today’s modern designs.


In the kitchen we used a weathered-brick porcelain tile for the backsplash, quartz countertops with some slight gray veining and dove gray shaker style cabinets around the perimeter. One of our favorite features was this kitchen island Karen designed with a live edge waterfall top and built-in table with seating for the small space we had to work with.

The main flooring we chose to use throughout the cabin was one of our beautifully engineered hardwoods, a blend of hickory, maple and oak giving you incredible dimension and style. We also used glass tiles, concrete-look tiles, modern floor designs and patterns in each of the bathrooms.And everywhere there was not a log on the wall; we used unique and old-look porcelain tiles to bring a sense of cohesiveness to the entire cabin.

Once the cabin was finished, it was time to add the finishing touches and boy did we have fun putting it all together! We mixed modern finishes and rustic styles for the lighting fixtures, contemporary fabrics and furniture and a few “unexpected” elements to pull it all together. Everywhere you look in this cabin, you’ll find designs that will not only inspire you, but challenge your creativity… every piece of charm and character that was original to this cabin, will forever be engraved in the walls of these logs and the hearts of each of the families that once, and now, called it HOME.


Two years ago, BARNWOOD BUILDERS came and erected the original logs of this cabin, and they came back this past spring to shoot the finished design. So, if you want to see more about our project and the whole story behind the making of it, our NEW episode will air Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 8PM on the DIY Network. If you happen to miss it, you can check online the DIY Network to see when it will re-air or visit our Facebook page for updates.

This was such a fun project, and we can’t say thank you enough to Karen Tillery, Mark Bowe and all the BARNWOOD BUILDERS crew for helping us make this cabin a place where the Haley family can make new memories of their own.


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