Sunday, January 7, 2018

Cabin Reveal




Our little cabin is 384 square feet in total, and includes a bedroom/living area with closet, little 'dining' area, small kitchen with pantry, and a bathroom. I'm not calling it a tiny home, because it isn't.  

When I first started the design of our little cabin back in 2013/2014,  I hadn't even heard of the tiny house movement.  If I had, we might have done a few things differently in terms of the layout of the different spaces and incorporating various organization features, based on all the innovative things I've seen on various tiny house blogs and the DIY channel. But the final outcome would have been the same: the construction of what will initially serve as a little vacation cabin and will ultimately become one of several bedrooms in a larger residence, once we get around to building it.  



I talk about the design process of the cabin here and here.  For an summary of the whole construction process (which I was sure would never end), click here.


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So...here is an overview of the entire cabin with its various spaces.  I will, over time, share more about the many projects that were encompassed by the larger cabin project, i.e.: furniture make-overs, kitchen sink conversion, bathroom vanity conversion, pillows, wall art...

I had a huge amount of fun selecting the furnishings and decor items for the entire cabin.  The overall guiding vision for the cabin looked to the character of this gorgeous, scenic part of Utah, whether it be elements from the surrounding mountains and mesas, the Romance of the West that saturates every nook and cranny of this part of the U.S. (after all, we drive by Butch Cassidy's birthplace when traveling too/from the cabin), rough and ready mining camps, or the pioneers that rattled their way west and settled and farmed wherever there was water.  




I also did my best to give a nod to nearby national parks, the breathtaking scenery visible from every window, the joys of camping, hiking, exploring, roasting marshmallows and making s'mores, drinking hot chocolate by the campfire... (but the best part is that we don't have to sleep on the ground or use a smelly outhouse, since we have a comfy bed and a nice bathroom-- I am very much over tent camping).




All this went into the selection of furniture, wall art, decor, bed linens, fabric, fixtures... I wanted something fun, quirky, and rustic, but at the same time completely comfortable for both of us. 

Living/Bedroom/Dining Room


All of the furniture here is either an antique or vintage piece that I purchased, or something we already had on hand (the bed and dining chairs).  




Except for the two bedside tables, everything was a 'project' that required some work, from a few layers of  new paint to full deconstruction (the armchairs).  I wanted a balance between unpainted, stained wood and painted furniture.




Too much unpainted, stained furniture would result in an overly 'brown', dark space; too much painted furniture might be too 'cottagy' and feminine. 




The fabrics I chose for the many pillows that I sewed (I went a little crazy with the pillows, it's quite a process to de-pillow the bed every evening before bedtime and then put it all together again the next morning) consisted of mostly simple checks and black ticking-- all reminiscent of cowboy camps and frontier homesteads and adventuring into rugged areas by horseback.  






I also used painter's drop cloth for several pillows as well as the cushions for the deconstructed armchairs  and shower curtain because (1) it's cheap, (2) it's paintable, and (3) it reminds me of the canvas saddlebags that were used on the pack burros my mom used to rent to carry camping gear on our family backpacking trips.  



Elk and stag ornaments, other miscellaneous woodland creatures, and botanical prints and motifs, make an appearance throughout, because, after all, we are surrounded by hundreds of acres of pinon/juniper woodland, pine forests, scrubby mesas... 










More woodland touches on the 'dining' table.  This little vintage table has two wings that flip up if we need more room.  These little lantern wall sconces add the perfect 'camping' touch to our dining experience.





I had so much fun coming up with ideas for the kitchen!  




It may have been less fun for my husband to implement some of them, but he is ingenious Mr. Fix It who was able to turn a galvanized metal feed tub into a functioning, fully plumbed kitchen sink with a custom-made, salvage wood base. 

The polished chrome faucet adds a bit of vintage charm while making it feel like a real kitchen.




Hubby also converted this old barn light into a pendant light so that all dish washing activities are well lit.  


These are my mom's blue and white dishes-- the simple pattern is a perfect touch, and I think of her every time I use them.




Ditto the bathroom...so much fun to design, and so much fun to use!  Again, my husband's excellent skills made it possible for this to come together the way it did.  






The shower curtains are another drop cloth project. I highly recommend using pebble tile for a shower floor-- nothing beats standing on those pebbles in your bare feet.

Building the custom shower pan and working with sheets of corrugated metal was not easy, but my husband pulled it off and we both couldn't be more pleased with the results.








I need to thank my husband for figuring out how make all my ideas, no matter how crazy, a reality.  Thanks to his ingenuity and fabulous DIY skills, we have a wonderful, unique cabin to enjoy and escape to.


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Thanks for visiting!


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Most likely linking to the following this week....


Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Happiness is Homemade at Ducks 'N a Row



I was featured at:

Amaze Me Monday #248 at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson


Sweet Inspiration at The Boondocks Blog and Art Decoration and Crafting

Best of the Weekend at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Thank you so much to everyone who featured me.  I am truly honored to be featured on your websites!

68 comments:

  1. It is absolutely gorgeous! I love all your rustic touches but you balanced them beautifully so it is not overdone. The end results are well worth the time it took to get it done! Just wow!

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    1. Thank you Cecilia! It is definitely worth the long wait.

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  2. I could happily stay there for a long time. (with books!) Beautiful job.

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    1. Thank you Jean! Yes, this is a good place to curl up with a good book. I plan on doing that as much as possible.

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  3. Can't believe how creatively this project turned out! Between your ideas and your husband's execution of those ideas, you have a delightful cabin to enjoy. One question, did your towels in the bathroom come with the tabs so you could hang them on hooks?

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! I sewed grosgrain ribbons onto the towels to create the tabs.

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  4. What a beautiful, fantastic little cabin!! So many details & love!!

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  5. You are so fortunate to have a husband who is such a genius and is able and willing to make your dreams come true! What a little piece of heaven! That is all the space two people need and the view is breathtaking!
    Blessings

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  6. This cabin is perfection. You and your hubs did an amazing job. I typically don't enjoy wood, but its wonderful in your cabin, so pretty and cozy.

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  7. Stunning! Every little detail is perfection. Enjoy it!

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  8. I love your little cabin! What a great place to get away and relax!

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  9. Love the cabin, you both did a great job!
    Can you tell me where you found the stag head shelf?

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    1. Thank you Joanie! I got the stag head shelf at Hobby Lobby about a year ago.

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    2. Thanks Melissa. I will check there.

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  10. Your cabin turned out beautiful! So many great ideas in just less than 400 feet.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I tried to put as much as I could into a small little space.

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  11. I'm in awe because it looks so adorably fabulous throughout every single detail! I'm so happy for you. I'm trilled to see the beautiful results of the hard work and NOW...I will not rest until I have convinced my hubby that we need to act on our weekend getaway building plans!

    ~Elena

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    1. Thank you Elena! I hope you are able to build your own getaway.

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  12. Melissa, Love the galvanized metal shower enclosure. thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

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  13. Absolutely PERFECT!!! Every detail is amazing, so rustic but not too dark, lovely furnishings, lighting, decor...you and your hubby have done an AMAZING job! (you've also given me hope that we will be finished with ours soon and it will be worth all the hard work over such a long period of time!) Love, love, love...and the views are breathtaking!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Cindy, thank you for your very kind words! Hang in there with your cabin, it is definitely worth all the hard work and hassle.

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  14. Your cabin is absolutely charming! I love every detail! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  15. Oh my, I could move right in! I absolutely love the mixture of white and wood. It's the perfect combination for a cozy cabin feel. All wood cabins feel a bit cold to me, but yours is so warm and welcoming! I love all of the creative ideas that you came up with and your hubby pulled off. I know that it is nestled in a gorgeous area of our beautiful state. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Oh.my.gosh. I am in love. Not only with your finished product, but your thought process for what and why you chose things, and for yours and your husband's mad skills. A HUGE congratulations to your both. My husband and I traveled across the US in 2016, and Utah was our favorite state. We live in West Virginia, which we dearly love, but your state is gorgeous. You've incorporated the essence of how we saw your state, and it's nice to know its how the native residents see its history, too.
    Rita C at Panoply

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    1. Thank you Rita! What a wonderful trip you and your husband must have had, I’ve always wanted to take a road trip across the country. Actually our home state is California, since the cabin is a vacation cabin right now, although we are happy to call it home when we are visiting!

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  17. Hi Melissa! Wow! I have been dreaming of a little cabin just like this for years so I vicariously will live there for a while if it's ok with you! Every detail is so perfect and it goes to show what a talented couple can do in a small space. I wonder what part of Utah you're in as I'm just on the other side of the Divide in Denver. I'm so thrilled for you to finally have your dream cabin. Hugs, Pat

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    1. Hi Pat, Thank you! I’m happy to have you live vicariously in my cabin. Our cabin is near Capitol Reef National Park, which is about 100 miles north of Bryce National Park.

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  18. This is so perfect! What a great place to escape, too.

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  19. I found your blog through Marty's featured Tuesday! Give your talented husband a hug from me! He is a gem for installing the galvanized wash tub for your sink in the kitchen! I love it and I am a fan of the corrugated galvanized walls in the shower! It is absolutely perfect. I have travel Utah and you are lucky to live in such a beautiful state. Your cabin is absolutely perfect in everyway. I could live there and never want to leave. Thanks for sharing it and all your unique ideas.

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    1. Thank you Connie! Yes, he did a fantastic job and I'm very proud of him. And I also wish I could be there full time and never leave! Thanks for visiting.

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  20. Wow...your cabin is beautiful! Can you tell me where your bedside table lamps are from?

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    1. Thank you! I got the bedside table lamps from Pottery Barn. Here is the link: https://www.potterybarn.com/products/adair-bedside-lamp/

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  21. Such an accomplishment to have your dream become a reality!! I love your "little" cabin & can appreciate all the hard work & thoughts that went into it. Enjoy!!

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  22. Just BEAUTIFUL Melissa, now following :)

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    1. Thanks you Tanya! And thanks for following me!

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  23. OMG! It is fantastic! I wish I had a cabin like this... I love every single detail! You did excellent work!

    www.artdecorationcrafting.gr

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  24. So cozy with a crisp, clean designer feel. I love it all, especially the pillows and the shower curtain. I dream of someday visiting your beautiful state.

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    1. Thank you AnnMarie! You should definitely visit Utah, it is a spectacular place.

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  25. Amazingly beautiful and I so enjoyed seeing how the cabin progressed over the last few months. What an incredible space to escape to Melissa. Wishing you and your hubby and your two fur babies many happy memories there

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  26. I Love, Love, Love your cabin!!!It is absolutely beautiful!!! I wish I could decorate my home to look as sweet as yours...Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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    1. Thank you Candy! I’m so glad my blog inspires you ( as for decorating your home, gather up all the inspiration that is out there and just go for it!).

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  27. Melissa, WOW, just WOW This is outstanding, and I love every inch! I'm featuring your post at Best of the Weekend tonight!

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    1. Amy, thank you so much! Thank you for featuring me on Best of the Weekend!

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  28. I just managed to come over her Melissa. I kept on seeing your post featured all over the place and then it was featured on our party. I am in awe of how pretty it looks. Your cabin is full of one of a kind unique pieces, pieces that spell "home" in a big way!! And I too agree with you, you can never have enough pillows!

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    1. Thank you Mary! Yes, pillows definitely add a cozy touch to just about any room.

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  29. This is just the most darling little cabin ever. I'm so inspired by your creativity!

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  30. I LOVE this!!! Absolutely perfect!

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  31. Your entire home is absolute wow!! I looked at your pictures over and over again. You have an amazing eye and a very handy husband! Enjoy every minute in your charming home. Oh..and your view's not bad either!

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    1. Thank you for your very sweet words Kim!

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  32. I want to build something like this in Canada

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    1. Hi Emily, I hope you are able to build your cabin!

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