Inspirations

Steal This Look: A One Room Cabin in the Catskills

In our latest book, Remodelista: The Low Impact Home, we profile the one room cabin of architect couple Bretaigne Walliser and Thom Dalmas of TBo (for Thom-Bretaigne) design studio. The cabin, set in a mountain meadow of the Catskills, New York, they built themselves from from a post-and-beam kit. Shared with their two young children, the one room includes a small kitchen, banquette dining area, daybeds, and lofted bedroom. Here’s a zoomed in look at the details within.

For more on the project, see our book Remodelista: The Low Impact Home: A Sourcebook for Stylish, Eco-Conscious Living.

thom built the kitchen counter and bench from heart pine salvaged from early 1 9
Above: Thom built the kitchen counter and bench from heart pine salvaged from early 19th century building joists bought nearby. A faucet and under-counter water canisters are operated by a foot pump were added later (not pictured here). Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: The Low Impact Home.

The cabin frame is built from hemlock, a local wood, with white pine board-and-batten siding. The floor is tongue-and-groove white pine. The cabin is electrified but without running water.

the scalloped banquette was inspired by the antique seating sourced from variou 10
Above: The scalloped banquette was inspired by the antique seating sourced from various yard sales and eBay. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: The Low Impact Home.

the living area opens right out onto the meadow by way of two large barn like d 11
Above: The living area opens right out onto the meadow by way of two large barn-like doors. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: The Low Impact Home.

Lighting

similar string lights are the bistro led string lights in white; $69 at potter 12
Above: Similar string lights are the Bistro LED String Lights in White; $69 at Pottery Barn.
the vintage candelabra was bought on a trip to wellfleet, massachusetts. for so 13
Above: The vintage candelabra was bought on a trip to Wellfleet, Massachusetts. For something very similar, the 4-Arm Wrought Iron Candle Chandelier is $74.97 at Saving Shepherd.

the pendant in the living area is the achille castiglioni viscontea suspension  14
Above: The pendant in the living area is the Achille Castiglioni Viscontea Suspension Light that the couple found at a Brooklyn yard sale.

the pixo plus task lamp by fernando and pablo pardo is seen on the kitchen coun 15
Above: The Pixo Plus Task Lamp by Fernando and Pablo Pardo is seen on the kitchen counter; $295 at Lumens.