Earthy. Warm. Simple. Essential. These are the words that architect Drew Lang, who designed a collection of homes at the base of the Catskill Mountains of New York, uses to describe the cabincore aesthetic. The home decor trend is a far cry from what’s typically associated with the words “cabin” and “design.” Interior design lovers are officially pulling away from outdated mountain-themed light fixtures made out of antlers and red-and-white checkered throw pillows that say things like “see you at the lake.”
Cabincore is more about elevating that rustic sensibility into something sophisticated and luxurious but, most of all, connected to nature. The vibe is a departure from recent home trends like over-the-top Regencycore or glam maximalism and has become popular for precisely that reason. “People want to feel really comfortable in their space,” says Delyse Berry, CEO of Upstate Down, an interior design studio, home goods store, and real estate firm in the Hudson Valley of New York. Many people want all the pieces that made hygge popular — cozy blankets, warm fires, and homemade ceramics — but they also want to feel connected to the great outdoors in a way that lets them live indoors and outdoors seamlessly.
“If you want to create a cabincore feel, highlight the areas of your home that focus on the outdoors,” says Berry. That might mean creating seating areas near big picturesque windows, or adding more focus near a fireplace or a deck.
There’s no one directive in terms of picking out decor items to achieve peak cabincore, but Lang says, “What works best is an eclectic sensibility. A little bit of modern, a little bit of vintage, a little bit of local maker pieces. A smattering of really refined elements with really nice linens and one or two