This log cabin and its kitchen glow bright during the holidays.
Log Cabin kitchen
Laura's kitchen features red cabinets and a generous island that's within easy reach of her sink. The dining area, with two tall lighted Christmas trees, is visible just beyond.
Charmingly mismatched chairs and a rustic bench ring the antique farm table in the dining area. Jars of preserves, an antique cracker tin and mason jars fill the shelves on the wall. Laura filled the pitcher and basin on the table with more greens.
Stepping into Laura's great room, you can see the kitchen and dining area just beyond the two posts. Note the grapevines and lights wound around the overhead beams, and the star accents.
The inviting stone fireplace with the rustic mantle features natural and vintage decor.
Stairs to loft
From the great room, stairs lead to the loft.
Laura loves rocking chairs; in this area of the loft, one is tucked next to a reading lamp under a richly colored stained glass window.
Porch and entry
More rocking chairs, greenery and antiques greet visitors to welcome them to "the cabin."
Laura and Richard's cabin, built on Richard's family's farm outside Salina, Kansas, glows welcomingly at dusk.
Laura and Richard, with their dog, Bentley.
When it comes to cozy, you can’t beat a cabin at Christmas.
Laura Hopkins-Cockroft’s log home stands in a meadow just outside Salina, Kansas. Ever since she and husband Richard built it in 2005, on his family’s farm, she’s enjoyed filling it with antiques found at auctions, flea markets, garage sales and even castoffs.
The kitchen features plenty of barn-red cabinets for storage; they match the island, where baskets tucked on shelves under the counter offer even more storage. Laura and Richard can grab a quick snack there, or eat more leisurely in the nearby dining area. There, charmingly mismatched chairs and a rustic bench are clustered around the antique farm table, underneath the hutche filled with jars of preserves and decked festively with greens.
The kitchen is part of the great room, which is highlighted by a stone fireplace that warms the area on the coldest nights. At Christmastime, Laura winds grapevines and tiny icicle lights around the overhead beams, accenting with stars and multiple narrow trees.
It’s a home that fairly glows with warm wishes and holiday cheer, inside and out.
Photography by Rob McHenry