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How to create cabin style

Daily Staff Writer

VAIL – Rustic cabin furnishings from the early 1900s and the artisans and companies who made them are the inspiration behind a newly released book written by Eagle Valley residents Dian Zillner and Suzanne Silverthorn. The 192-page book features hundreds of examples of vintage furniture, blankets, pottery and other rustic items that have been used to furnish cabins for more than a century. The book, “Cabin Style: Decorating with Rustic, Adirondack, and Western Collectibles,” is available at Verbatim Booksellers in Vail. Silverthorn and Zillber will be signing books today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vail Farmers’ Market. The authors, a mother-daughter team, created the book to share their interest and accumulate knowledge in vintage cabin collectibles, which was inspired 40 years ago during a chance visit to the historic Grand Lake Lodge at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The family became fascinated with the architecture of the old lodge and its rustic furnishings that are still in use today. Included are sturdy rockers and porch swings made of Indiana hickory, huge wildlife mounts from early-day hunts, an array of Indian rugs and a well-used stone fireplace in the building’s lobby. The lodge has since been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Cabin Style” is a culmination of the authors’ research and documentation of the rustic, Adirondack and Western decorating movements as well as the numerous craftsmen who pioneered the furnishings, including Ernest Stowe, Charles P. Limbert, Gustav Stickley and Thomas Molesworth. More than 500 color photographs are used to showcase examples from contributing museums, galleries and private collections. Area and regional contributors include Grand Lake Lodge, Grand Lake Area Historical Society, Avalanche Ranch in Redstone, Little Bear’s Antique Mall in Glenwood Springs and Fighting Bear Antiques in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Original advertisements from early catalogs and magazines accompany the artifacts to trace the authenticity of many of the products. The authors spent more than two years on the project. Silverthorn, the book’s editor and photographer, is the public information officer for the town of Vail. Her mother, Zillner, is a retired librarian who wrote and researched the book. Together, the authors have produced 12 other collectible books, published by Schiffer Publishing of Atglen, Penn. In addition to documenting the history of cabin furnishings, including the famous early- day camps of the Adirondacks, “Cabin Style” features hundreds of decorating ideas for today’s lakeside cabin or mountain home. Chapters feature dishes, pottery, glassware, camp blankets, souvenirs and furniture that provide interesting accents for that treasured home in the Rocky Mountains. In addition, vintage sports, fishing, hunting, camping and picnicking collectibles are also presented, as well as a special chapter on the Western look.Intertwined within the book, the authors offer suggestions on how to put the collectibles to practical use, as well as ideas for displaying family items and relics. In addition to local sales at Verbatim Booksellers, Cabin Style is available for purchase online at or It retails for $29.95.Vail, Colorado

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