I've been asked to submit a proposal for a new lounge and light fare restaurant to open in the South End of Boston. The proprietors want the space to have a lodge appeal. I did my precedent research and was surprised to discover that lodge, camp, mountain, alpine, apres-ski, Adirondack . . . whatever you want to call it . . . is evidently moving beyond the ski chalet or fishing cabin into mainstream. Is this a trend or just a reinterpretation of a classic style? I'm not sure, but there's plenty of evidence to say yes to trend.
What do you need for "lodge" style? Think reclaimed wood, logs and timber; a plethora of antlers and mounted buck and moose heads; cowhide, rawhide, suede and distressed leathers; nailhead trim; Pendleton blankets and similar woolens; horn-adorned knick-knacks; fur; and maybe some birch bark or pine cones. Simple ingredients and abundant indeed. But it's hard to keep these elements from becoming . . . dare I say it? Yes, campy (ha ha). It's so easy to go overboard here. Here are my picks to infuse this style into interiors with the appropriate restraint:
Clockwise from upper left: Pierre Frey Salzburg Wallcovering; Restoration Hardware Professor's Upholstered Chair; Ralph Lauren Home Back Country Plaid; Lee Jofa Woods Brocatelle; Ralph Lauren Home Sculptors' Table; Lee Jofa Kekoua.
If you want to go campy, how about these?
Left to right: Filthy Home Mounted Buck Wallpaper; Artfactory Antler Chandelier; Pierre Frey Tyrol