A Cozy Log Cabin for Avid Hunters
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A Cozy Log Cabin for Avid Hunters

This Tennessee cabin is packed with clever storage ideas and classic country style.

Written by Mary Beth Temple
Photography by Roger Wade
Styling by Debra Grahl 
Pete DeSocio fell in love with his land long before he ever owned it. The property in Henry, Tennessee, once belonged to a business-associate-turned-friend, and Pete had spent many happy days there indulging his longtime passion for hunting. So, when he bought the property and it came time to build a home of his own, a log home from Honest Abe Log Homes was Pete’s first choice. “Log homes are an art form,” he says.
The biggest priority for the DeSocios was to maximize the living areas in the home to get the most bang for their buck. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any dead space in the 2,400-square-foot house—built-ins are tucked under the eaves in the loft, storage rooms are well placed over the master bedroom and the kitchen cabinets have interior fittings to store Trish’s extensive collection of kitchen utensils (she’s an avid cook).
Over 2,000 square feet of decking adds ample room for outdoor enjoyment as well. “When you’re talking about how much your home is going to cost per square foot, you don’t want to waste any space,” said Pete.
As for the interior decor, both Trish and Pete had treasured items of their own that found a place in the new home, plus a few special pieces of furniture that were brought in for a touch of Southwestern flavor. The interior of the white pine logs were clear coated, not stained, so they’ll darken naturally with age, adding to the home’s rustic appeal. A spiral staircase leads to the loft, and the railings are easy to look through, keeping the main living areas of the home open and airy.
One very special design feature can be found in both of the home’s guest bedrooms. Because Pete and many of his friends are avid hunters, each spare room has its own private entrance so the occupant can come and go in the wee hours of the morning without disturbing anyone else in the house. And while Pete and his pals continue to enjoy their favorite pastime, the DeSocios’ hunt for the perfect house has come to an end, thanks to their Tennessee trophy of a log home.

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