This issue we feature two small spaces that are nestled deep in the woods and surrounded by mature forest. The paths around the property teem with wildlife, the trees are alive with birdsong. A peaceful spot overlooking the bay, these small structures speak to both sustainable living and excellent design. The owners have deep roots in this particular site and define themselves as stewards, borrowing this land from previous generations to preserve for future generations. Their values are echoed in the light footprint and sensitive design of the houses — instead of removing trees for construction, they built around them. Gorgeous sculptural blonde wood invites itself into the rooms. The aesthetic is spare, influenced by Asian architecture with a little Frank Lloyd Wright in the mix. Though the main house was constructed in 1964, it holds up well today, and is still fresh and contemporary.

The most common sentiment to describe the design of all three spaces is heartfelt. The owners designed and even built many of the pieces in the studio and workspace, using reclaimed materials and recycling old fixtures into new ones. A light table becomes a lovely focal point. Old file drawers create a charming window seat. One thing is very clear when standing in one of these small, perfect spaces — much thought and care was put into every detail.

 

STUDIO ONE

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STUDIO TWO

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"A peaceful spot overlooking the bay, these small structures speak to both sustainable living and excellent design."