Making a Cabin a Home

By Genevieve Andrus

One thing that seems very special about the Randolph cabin is that in spite of its current state of abandonment and decay there are several parts of the cabin that still display the simple art and beauty created by the Randolph family who called the cabin home for almost 50 years. From the brilliant purple flowers planted in the kitchen garden outside the front door, to the little butterfly print hanging on the bedroom wall where the moth and butterfly collection once was kept, and the lilac framed bay window in the living room, it is clear that the inhabitants of this cabin once put much care and consideration into the maintenance of their home.

 Dane's Blood Plant

Dane's Blood Plant

It was a simple life, yet the Randolphs were not only making do with what they had, but were taking what little they had and making it better. By doing so they made their small space livable, creating beauty and peace to come home to at the end of the day and adding meaning and comfort to their day to day lives.

The front door of the Randolph cabin opens into a small brick floored mud room closed off from the rest of the house by a heavy door leading to the kitchen.

 Brick Mudroom Floor

Brick Mudroom Floor

In the mud room you can see the outer stone wall of the kitchen pantry, which has more recently been covered over with concrete in the other parts of the cabin. The front door itself is simply made but has a few crafty accents that make it stand out. A rectangular window pane in the center of the door and an elaborate carved door handle on the inside that you almost miss when walking through, were added to an otherwise basic wood paneled door.

 Stamped Metal Doorknob

Stamped Metal Doorknob

The living room has two large windows on the north and south walls that bring in the summer sun. The ruggedly built bay window in the north wall has lilacs and a fruit tree right outside and is the center piece of the room, while the large four paned window that goes from ceiling to floor in the south wall looks out over the flowers of the kitchen garden and the front walk way.

 South-facing living-room window

South-facing living-room window

The colorful butterfly print hanging on the wall in the east bedroom makes me wonder what other artwork once adorned the cabin walls. The house served a utilitarian purpose as can be seen by the remaining canned goods, kitchen pots and pans, and nails and tools, but was also a respite for contemplation and creativity.

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