This Small One-Room Cabin Built in 1941 Is a Rustic and Woodsy Mini Getaway

This Small One-Room Cabin Built in 1941 Is a Rustic and Woodsy Mini Getaway

Name: Lynn Pechuekonis and husband, Christian
Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Type of home: Cabin
Size: 730 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our 1941 vacation cabin (“Knott Cabin”) is located on nearly three wooded acres. The front porch is faces east, so you get the morning sun coming up, and through the trees you can just see a glimmer of the Potomac River, which is less than 200 yards away. Inside is an open concept floor plan that includes the living room/bedroom/kitchenette/dining room. The hardwood floors are pine. An open staircase leads up to a loft with twin beds. A barn door conceals the bathroom, which has a very modern open shower with rainfall showerhead and heated tile floor.

The decor is a fun mix of mid-century modern furniture, and vintage camp style accessories (including an antique wood cabinet and vintage fishing poles, lures, a minnow bucket, and creel). On the console table behind the couch is a mustard yellow princess phone just for fun and an old-school CD player (we have a whole library of music CDs from the past 30 years). On the side of the cabin opposite the road is a sweet stone patio with a fire pit, eating area, and a gas grill. We live about 20 minutes away in historic Harpers Ferry and share the cabin with our Airbnb guests.

Christian and I love vintage everything, and we appreciate a whole variety of styles. The previous owner of the cabin started the mid-century modern vibe, and we’ve enhanced it with a new couch and accessories. Mostly, we think about comfort and what our guests will need to most enjoy their time in our place. Our home is a 1920s American Foursquare, and we respect its history while not trying to decorate “period.” We have a third-floor guest suite that is very cottage/shabby chic, a basement guest suite that is industrial-vintage and a little bohemian, and a tiny cabin with a 1940s National Park Service vibe. We don’t favor one era or style but like to try out lots of different looks.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Mid-century modern — vintage camp fusion

What is your favorite room and why? I love the living room area of the main floor. When I sit on the couch, I take in the high ceiling, the sleek lines of the furniture, the colors of the patterns on the throw pillows, Pendleton camp blanket. The look is clean but made homey with fun vintage accessories.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Rainfall showerhead and Moroccan throw pillows (Needful Things in Charles Town, WV)

Any advice for creating a home you love? Color is very important, whether it’s a painted table or a pillow or wall art. We could never do monochrome.

My husband and I are both collectors. We surround ourselves with vintage stuff — some family hand-me-downs and others we buy. We find ways to reuse and repurpose things whenever we can. We try not to buy any vintage “treasures” unless we have a use for them.

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This Sunshiny Los Angeles Single-Family for Sale Comes with a Bonus Wood Cabin

This Sunshiny Los Angeles Single-Family for Sale Comes with a Bonus Wood Cabin

With multiple-offer situations taking place all over the country and interest rates flying high, it’s a struggle to buy even one house. But if you land this single-family for sale in Los Angeles, you get two bonus buildings with it. One is a Quonset hut, an arched single-room structure made of corrugated galvanized steel. Two sets of glass doors fill the space with light, making for a sweet yoga studio, writer’s den, or standalone living room. Right next to it, a few steps lead up to a darling blue wooden cabin with its own front porch. Inside, calming pine-colored walls and a vaulted ceiling make for a quaint home office (with the world’s quickest commute). 

The three-in-one deal is a huge draw, to be sure, but the main single-family home is lovely enough for a closer look. The bathroom, with a clawfoot tub, subway tiled walls, and geometric blue-and-white flooring is a highlight — with a shower window looking out into the palm tree-blessed backyard to boot. And the kitchen, filled with sunlight sparkling stainless appliances and a farmhouse sink, makes me want to cook up a big brunch and lay it out in the adjacent breakfast room. 

Of course, California living means plenty of time spent outside. This home’s backyard, complete with a pergola-covered patio, tons of lush plantings, and a stone path leading from the front yard to the cabin in the back, is all the motivation I’d need to get outside

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This ’70s Boho Cabin Escape Is Nestled in the California Redwoods

This ’70s Boho Cabin Escape Is Nestled in the California Redwoods

Name: Nancy Revis
Location: Forestville, California
Type of home: Cabin
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our cabin is 100 years old and nestled in the Redwoods, near the Russian River in Forestville, California. We recently purchased it and are are slowly improving it, yet keeping the charm as best as possible. It’s our second home and weekend getaway.

I was born in the early ’70s, so I LOVE the ’70s style. In the main cabin, I am decorating in boho chic, and in my studio beside it, it is more of a ’70s retro den. I have been decorating by upcycling off Facebook Marketplace or recovering furniture I have owned for over 20 years. I have been collecting ’70s art, decoupage, embroidered art, alpaca rugs.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: ’70s Boho Cabin Escape

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the studio. It’s like a ’70s disco room. Eventually, I will be putting in a disco ball. But, I love every room, really. Each bedroom is fun and is a work of art every weekend that we are able to enjoy it.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I have mostly purchased on FB Marketplace, Poshmark, or had local upholsterers recover furniture I purchased years ago. I recently recovered an ottoman by using a Serape blanket, a staple gun, and whip stitching the sides in thick turquoise thread.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Try and make each wall or corner an art piece. I own a funky high-end optical shop in Petaluma, California, and I recreate each area of my shop almost quarterly. I redress my display windows every month. I am that person that demands change and stimulation. I am fueled by nostalgia.

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A 660-Square-Foot 1969 California Cabin Has Stunning Wood Ceilings & Warm Vibes

A 660-Square-Foot 1969 California Cabin Has Stunning Wood Ceilings & Warm Vibes

Name: Vanessa Oliveros and family
Location: Running Springs, California
Type of home: Cabin
Size: 660 square feet
Years lived in: 9 months, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: We have a beautiful cabin that we purchased as a vacation home. We rent it out on Airbnb when we are not there. We are a family of five: husband, wife, and three young children. The cabin is located among beautiful pine trees. We lovingly refer to it as the treehaus. The great forest treetop views from the front deck are the epitome of relaxation.

This home serves as my retreat, and I am blessed to share it with others. The space represents what I was looking for. At the time, mid-pandemic, I wanted an escape — one where I feel relaxed, peaceful, and comfortable.

The home represents these feelings as it is welcoming with a warm color palette bringing in earthy tones and vibes.

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the living room/dining room. I love these rooms because they really complement each other. The rooms flow and they are inviting. The rooms are cozy, accommodating, and charming.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Warm and cozy

Any advice for creating a home you love? My advice for creating a room I love is to incorporate colors that make you feel good, personalize the space with items that mean something to you, and make sure each item has a function and that it all flows.

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An 800-Square-Foot A-Frame Is Orange on the Outside & Cozy on the Inside

An 800-Square-Foot A-Frame Is Orange on the Outside & Cozy on the Inside

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Name: Steffy Degreff and Matt Degreff along with our two sons, and our dog Claude
Location: Upstate NY
Size: 800 square feet
Type of Home: Tiny A-Frame home
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Our home is a 1974 A-frame located in the woods of upstate New York. We fell in love with the shape of the home first, but we also loved the location (it’s very central to many of our favorite towns in upstate New York, like Kingston and Hunter. We also love the property that it sits on — a ½ acre of land with a small creek, a large shed, and a gazebo. Our home is on a street that has a wonderful homeowners’ group, and we share a common outdoor space with other neighbors a mile or so away that has a swimming hole and a rec room, which is a huge perk!

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My Style: My decor style is always based initially off of a warm color scheme — I usually am attracted to a mixture between mid-century modern and Scandinavian design, and I love to mix woods with interesting textures and too much brown, orange, and green.

Favorite Element: Oh there is SO much. The first thing I love is the bright color of the outside — we intentionally picked something that is loud, since the outside square footage of the home is so small, it was fun to play with that color. I love the cabinet color of the kitchen — “Current Mood” by Clare Paint; in my opinion the perfect green for upstate NY. I also adore the freestanding tub upstairs, along with the triangle window in our bedroom that we added in. The view through the window in the fall is absolutely breathtaking. 

Biggest Challenge: Our largest challenge has always been the shape of the A-frame roofline, and the nature of an A-frame home having few internal walls and very little insulation. Every oddity we’ve done is due to the shape of the home. To list a few — when we added out upstairs bathroom, the only wall that the toilet could sit on was an exterior wall. So there’s a toilet near our exterior door. But it was the only option! We also have a pipe that is along our exterior wall that became an issue in winter with freezing, because the insulation is so thin on A-frame exterior walls. Every piece of furniture was picked with the pitch of the roof in mind, and we had to build out dummy walls to create a flat surface to mount our pedestal sink and A/C unit to in the upstairs room.

Proudest DIY: I think I am most proud of the marble countertop DIY — it looks soo real and has held up so nicely!! 

Biggest Indulgence: The largest cost was for replacing the windows and doors, and it was 100 percent worth it. It modernized the entire look of the home, and it also helped with a lot of the seals in the winter. 

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? We found a way to fit laundry into our second bedroom in the closet! We ordered Bosch units that are only 24 inches wide!

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? I absolutely love all of the EQ3 furniture we added to the space — it is so sleek and modern, and really looks great with the white painted wood-look. The table is a nice light-colored wood, and their swivel chair has such a gorgeous Scandinavian look to it. 

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Our best tip is to consider wall space your friend for hanging things. We have a little ledge and some wall space in our kitchen that we use to hang pots and pans, and we store our silverware in little mason jars in a place where they’re out. We also only have what we need — we only have four towels, and four pieces of silverware — one for each of us! 

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Never walk into a store blank — I always have an idea or inspiration in mind! If I mindlessly purchase something without a place for it to go, it never ends well! 

Thanks Steffy and family!

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.