Now that fall is officially here, our dreams of seaside vacations have already shifted into thoughts of cozy cabins and crackling fires. Here are some favorite cabin-inspired finds—from the Portuguese cottage hotel pictured above to a New Zealand backcountry house.
Located just north of Auckland, the “Back Country House” was designed by David Maurice of LTD Architectural for his family. Public-use huts found throughout New Zealand’s wilderness inspired the home, which features a cypress wood exterior, shed roof and lean-to annex. The interior has an open living, cooking and dining area, which opens out to a deck with a fireplace and two side-by-side sunken tubs. “The experience is one of enhanced connection with each other,” the architect writes on his website, “and of an enhanced connection to the surrounding environment.”
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Wood-burning stoves and Eames rockers are a must in a modern-rustic home, but if you want something truly unique, try these one-of-a-kind light sculptures by Split Grain. Inspired by the beauty of smoldering firewood, each sculpture is made from reclaimed wood that the maker forages himself. A tabletop light, for example, comes from a Redwood tree left behind by loggers in California, while a nightlight was sourced from a cedar tree found in the Angeles National Forest after wildfires decimated it.
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Transitions, an exhibition by Helene Schmitz—one of Stockholm’s leading photographers—is currently on view through Nov. 19 at Skellefteå Konsthall in Sweden. The exhibition includes “The Forest,” a series of dramatic photos that capture the transformation of the forests in Västmanland.
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The modern-rustic trend isn’t just for cabins—it looks fantastic in New York City apartments and houses in The Hamptons, too. In order to achieve the right look, Homepolish recommends sticking to a neutral color palette. “While in the past you might’ve seen a home dominated by dark shades of brown, green, red, and yellow…we recommend going for elegantly muted tones,” the site advises. “Colors like bright whites, soft creams, comforting cognac and gray should be at the heart of your home.”
28 and 29 Payne Avenue offers a combined 8500SF of living space, 7 bedrooms and 7.5 baths on 1.68 acres in North Haven Village. The steel barn main house, guest cottage, and pool house make for plenty of public spaces and tranquil private spaces, each beautifully designed and winners of multiple design and construction awards including HC&G’s Innovation in Design and 2015 Building of the Year. Represented by Mala Sander.
Photos in order of appearance: by Nelson Garrido via the Sublime Comporta site; via the LTD Architectural site; via the Split Grain site; by Helene Schmitz via the artist’s site; via the Sublime Comporta site.