Even in chilly climates and country settings, wood fires, the most ancient of heating methods, have begun to go out of favor due to health and environmental concerns. Still, a house that smells like wood smoke evokes primal memory and connection, as the poem below describes. Whether you live in city or country, it’s an easy feeling to…Read More
We recently read that President Taft had a sleeping porch built (below) on the roof of the White House in the 20’s. On hot summer nights, the first family could sleep up there to cool off. It allowed the President retreat up there to chill and look out over Washington. We love sleeping outdoors too.
We’re always on the lookout for cool impermanent shacks— “sky parlors” — that can be erected on a roof, a yard, even indoors as a rustic office or private space.
We find ourselves looking closely at “Tatek’s Cabin” in Velebit, Croatia to see all the materials Tatek used, as we wonder about its evolution.Read More
We usually turn to Cabin Porn to feed our escapist fantasies. Two recent images of cabins were built so obsessively from salvaged materials, they made us realize that there is no limit to the theme or possibilities of repurpose and reclaim. At top someone’s hideaway in California; at bottom, a fishing shack in Central Baja, Mexico.…Read More
Of the many inspired DIY ideas to be found in the rustic Sunset House we posted previously is a beautiful and rather startling floor made of wood “bricks”. We’d never thought of simply cutting the ends off wood planks to make wood bricks. Industrious owners Lilah and Nick made a pattern of the wood bricks,…Read More
Over our many years of traveling to West Virginia, we’ve admired a number of eccentric, cozy dwellings, including a school bus with a giant stone hearth built onto it, nestled by a river. But this shack we spotted at Cabin Porn incites serious envy. A couple named Lilah and Nick built the Sunset House using lumber from…Read More