Coastal Farmhouse Blue & Neutral Fall Decor (and the cabin makeover reveal!)

Today I’m sharing the makeover reveal of our lake cabin great room decorated with coastal farmhouse style decor and blue and neutrals for fall.

It’s fall home tour week! I always love this week, so full of beautiful fall decor inspiration.  But my post today is a little different than the norm, as I’m not only sharing our cabin decorated for fall, but am sharing the before and after makeover of our cabin great room space!  Be sure to check out the beautiful spaces that my friends are sharing this week at the bottom of this post.

When we first got the cabin in the summer of 2019, the previous owners sold it “turn-key” so it was fully furnished.  We lived with it as-is for the year, but when the time came to move out here full-time while we are building our new house in town, “we” decided to freshen it up with some new paint and our own homey furnishings.

Last year when we viewed it and when we moved in, the great room area looked like this…

A large living room with big windows and a stone fireplace.

These pictures are nice and bright, but the paint colour actually felt darker and heavier in real life.  The whole cabin had a West Coast style to it with all the natural fir trim, beams, and slate flooring. It also had dark Maple shaker style cabinetry and darker, heavier furnishings than we are used to. The couches were actually quite comfortable and my boys wanted to keep them, but we had our big white sectional to bring from the forest house.

I started by selling off or giving away the things we didn’t want or need, and then proceeded to paint the entire great room area of the cabin with Simply White by Benjamin Moore.  Once again, the power of paint is pretty amazing…

Aerial view of the living room.


There is wood and neutral decor in the living room.

And now…

A wooden beam on the upstairs platform.

The cabinetry was sprayed out in Simply White, and the peninsula was painted with Winter Lake – both Benjamin Moore colours. I’ll be sharing the full details on our beautiful kitchen refresh soon!

The fireplace also got a recent makeover that I’ll share the details on shortly…

There is a white couch in the living room and a small basket with a blanket in it.

A stone fireplace with a small ledge that has plants and pictures on it.

There is a kitchen island with stools around it.

Last week I shared all the details on our bookcases styled for fall…

A TV console with baskets inside it and a TV on the top.

A small white shelf filled with plants, baskets and trinkets.

I ordered the blinds from Select Blinds – I ordered samples first and tried to match them fairly closely to the natural fir trim.  I know a lot of people would tell me to paint the trim, but here on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, it’s a specific design feature to have fir trim and doors that is sourced from our local forests.  As much as I love an all white space, we felt that it would take away from the lake cabin feel of our space and also might negatively impact the resale value to paint it all out in white.

There is a wicker chair in front of a large window.

I like how it ties in with other natural wood elements in our space, like the rustic branch leg side tables that I brought from the forest house.

A small table is beside a white couch.


A look at the living room from behind the staircase.

And now…

The white walls in the room with the wood around the windows and doors.

Yes, that wall was a nightmare to paint.  Thanks to my very nimble brother-in-law for climbing up the huge extension ladder to get the parts around the very highest peak!

The kitchen island painted a light blue.

I have to admit that I’m finding it a bit tricky living in one big concept space full-time.  The cabinetry that you see on the far back wall is an armoire that I ordered from Ikea to house our coats and shoes, as the cabin has no closet (begin intended as mainly a get-away or summer home, I guess?).  The storage bins above hold overflow from our mudroom, including our winter and outdoor gear.  With no garage or second entry, we’ve had to be creative with organizing and storage!

There are vases filled with blue hydrangeas on the table.

Behind the couch is an Ikea Hemnes console table that is great for extra entryway storage, as well.  I put lamps on either side and a large vase in the middle in an attempt to break up the entry a little bit visually from the rest of our open concept space.

A small console table has baskets and vases filled with flowers and plants on it by the front door.

I kept the simple decor in white, blue, and neutral and natural tones and I think it feels quite “fall” even though it’s not full of the traditional warm fall colours.

A look at the white couch with white and blue pillows on it.

Vases filled with simple flowers is on the coffee table.


The kitchen area before being remodelled.

The dining nook off to the side received white paint, new white curtains, a new bead chandelier, as well as the dining table and chairs from our forest house.  An old waterski that we’ve had since our first lakehouse adorns the wall and ties in perfectly with the warm fir trim tones.  The natural jute and blue-jean woven rug is from Wayfair.

A wooden table in the dining room with hydrangeas on top of the table.

The bar stools were in quite rough shape (faux leather that was torn and worn out) so we replaced them with these more narrow wooden saddle style stools that tuck perfectly under the bar overhang, freeing up space for us to have our sectional facing the other direction (oriented towards the lake view).

A look a the lights above the kitchen island.

We kept the same pendant lights but replaced the shades with these Torared 14″ pendant shades from Ikea – super budget friendly and I love the woven look.  Now that our sofa actually faces out to the lake, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy our morning coffee and the view.  At least for the next few weeks until it’s still dark out when we get up!

The bright white couch in the living room.

Looking for sources?

 I’ve gathered the same finds for you here…

Sofa – Farlov Sectional
Hemnes Bookcases
TV Cabinet – Liatorp Sideboard 
Hemnes Storage Console (Ikea)  – no longer available
Brimnes Armoire at entry 
Coffee Table – see shopping images below
Blinds – ordered through Select Blinds Canada
Dining Chairs
Chandelier over dining table
Pendant Shades over Peninsula 
6×9 Blue & Jute Handwoven Rug in Dining Room 
20×20 blue and cream striped pillow covers – Ikea
Wide Stripe oversized pillows – Tonic Living
Lumbar pillow – cream – Ikea

And some similar finds for those items I don’t have an exact online source for:

And as I mentioned, today is the start of the Seasonal Simplicity Fall Home Tour Series.  All week talented decorating bloggers are sharing their homes decorated for the season.  Be sure to hop around and visit them by clicking the link below the images!

Sharing today with me…


Monday blogger tour.

The Happy Housie ** Modern Glam  ** This is Simplicite

Blogger tour picture of plants.

House by Hoff ** Maison de Cinq ** Inspiration for Moms

And sharing the rest of this week…


Tuesday blogger tour.

The Turquoise Home ** Clean & Scentsible ** A Pretty Life

The houses of the bloggers.

Chrissy Marie Blog ** Colleen Pastoor ** Jennifer Maune


Wednesday blogger tour.

Finding Silver Pennies ** She Gave it a Go ** The Tattered Pew

Wednesday tour of bloggers home.

My Sweet Savannah ** Willow Street Interiors ** Taryn Whiteaker Designs


Thursday neutral roundup tour.

Cherished Bliss ** Life is Better at Home ** The DIY Mommy

Thursday blogger tour.

Cuckoo 4 Design ** Life is a Party ** Rambling Renovators


Friday blogger tour.

Deeply Southern Home ** Tatertots & Jello ** Two Twenty One

Friday roundup blogger tour.

Love Create Celebrate ** Homemade Lovely**  Maison de Pax

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30 Fall Home Tours Fall Decor Ideas poster.

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  1. You’ve done so much in your lake home. It’s light, bright, and airy! I’m a huge fan of Simply White by Benjamin Moore – we have used it in three rooms in our home. I’m also a big fan of wood trim. Don’t paint it! It looks gorgeous and warm with the white walls.

  2. I’m amazed at everything that you have done already, Krista! I love your kitchen transformation and your sectional and painting the walls really brightened up the main room! SO pretty! I pinned it to my Fall board 🙂


  3. Wow! If we were lucky enough to have a mountain house, it would look just like this. Not too rustic, just a touch. You’ve done amazing things here! Give me some of that energy. 😉

  4. Oh wow Krista!! It looks SO good!! I can’t believe how much work you’ve done on it already. I love that you kept the wood trim. It definitely brings that West Coast feel. Happy Fall!

  5. Wow Krista it looks soo good!! The white paint has changed the entire space and I love the white washed fireplace! You’ve done a great job of keeping the “cabin” feel while brightening it up at the same time. Love it!!

    Happy fall to you!


  6. You’ve completely blown me away. Again. When are you not transforming a home?! This looks SO good, and you’ve done an amazing job of keeping the elements that need to stay, but still making it look fresh and “you.” Amazing, Krista! xo

  7. What a transformation! Wow you’ve done A LOT of work since moving in just a short time ago. I love the wood trim around the windows and think they warm up the space and highlight the gorgeous views! Thanks for organizing this tour. Xo

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