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Monday, January 7th, 2008

Design Drinking Games – Indoor Log Pile Trend


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
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Catching up on my glossies last week, I had to laugh – opened up this issue of Domino:


Because the page right underneath it looked like this:


The log piles were literally stacked on top of each other when the magazine was closed.  Displaying logs seems to be a timeless styling trick and not necessarily a trend that will die out.  Here’s the cover of an 1964 H&G I keep right next to my own fireplace:


In an Elle Decor from Jan/Feb 2007, Vicente Wolf uses the logs as an important part of the room’s composition.  The irregular shapes  and colors contrast with the crisp white rectilinear nook that houses them (much like in the photo above):


I have to say I find the Ralph Lauren ad a bit gross.  First of all, the logs will no doubt ruin the ridiculously expensive Ralph Lauren paint job, though I guess scuffs kind of go with the whole faux old money casual WASPy English Cottage in the Woods RL look. Down here in Georgia where every house has to have a termite bond at closing, all I can think about is termites and other creepy crawlies that you’d find in an OUTDOOR log pile that size.  For heaven’s sake, we once had a 6′ snake in our log pile in Cincinnati, and I guess I’ve been terrified of  log piles ever since.  This blogger is not all that wild about this idea, no matter how good designers make it look.

photos, in order:

Domino magazine Nov. 2007

Ralph Lauren Paint advertisement from Domino Nov 2007 issue

House and Garden magazine from October 1964

Elle Decor magazine from Jan/Feb 2007

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!



  1. Betty says:

    January 8th, 2008 at 11:14 am (#)

    Yes, piles of logs = varmints to me too. The whole RL paint job makes it look like the fireplace has never been cleaned and that the walls are grimy.

  2. Annie says:

    January 8th, 2008 at 11:23 am (#)

    I saw the same RL ad and my eye went immediately to the wood pile. I had the same old money, worn furniture, who-cares-except-the-servants-who-have-to-maintain-it attitude. Snakes, insects, centipedes, and other disgusting creatures wouldn’t dare come out while the owners are in residence.

  3. Heavy Petal says:

    January 15th, 2008 at 6:32 pm (#)

    I immediately think of spiders. Those big, hairy ones that would always skitter across the floor whenever my dad threw a log on the fire. Who needs it?!

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