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sneak peek: kim krans of the wild unknown

by Amy Azzarito


kim krans and her husband jonny ollsin lead busy lives as artists and musicians in brooklyn, ny – kim runs the wild unknown, a site that sells beautiful hand-made objects (including kim’s gorgeous prints and calendars) this spring, the couple built this little escape – a tiny cabin in delhi, new york (a little town in the catskills mountains). it’s already proven to be great inspiration – kim and jonny’s band, family band, made their first record at the cabin and this winter they made a music video in the area. i love how every detail in this space feels carefully selected and special. (you can see more of kim’s cabin on flickr!) {thanks kim and jonny!} amy a.

[Before starting to build in the spring, we spent the winter looking at old copies of books from the 1960’s-70’s that featured hand built homes. We had limited carpentry skills, but the help from friends and family gave us the confidence to start a project like this, and eventually taught us all we needed to know. For a multitude of reasons, we did not want to take out a loan or hire a contracting company. Every move and decision (from placing the stone steps to framing out the stained glass windows) was done by family and friends, with the goal of building a simple and sweet space to call our own. Through this process my husband and I slowly became relatively skilled carpenters – able to build cabinets and do more elaborate woodwork. We are now four years into this project, and the work is… almost done.]


[image above: Jonny scored this little organ at a yard sale for ten dollars. It fits the criteria we have for almost everything we bring into the cabin – small, special, and useful.]

CLICK HERE for more of The Wild Unknown Cabin!


[image above: As with all decisions in an extremely small home, the kitchen cabinets were all about the best use of space. It took us three years to decide where and what they would be. Finally a few months ago we put doors on the cabinets.]


[image above: The bathhouse is actually a separate outbuilding from the cabin and was built our second summer on the land.]


[image above: This area isn’t finished yet, as we hope to finish the headboard/shelving area later this year. There is always more to do…!]


[image above: It’s extremely important that our cabin is a space where things happen – where we can go to write, play, and record music. Family Band’s first record was made there. Though it’s a small space, the vibe of the cabin is present in every creative project we do there.]


[image above: The sofa is designed to sleep one guest comfortably with storage space underneath. We sewed the cushion covers and made the pillows custom for the space.]



[images above: These windows were designed before the cabin was built. My mother is a stained glass artist (she makes the prisms we sell on the wild unknown ). So we have put her to work with many of the windows throughout the cabin, as the color adds so much to the small space. The moon window faces the west and the sun faces the east.]


[image above: I am so proud of this table! My mom and I built it together! I saw a picture of this design in a magazine and it was well over a thousand dollars… so I tore out the picture and saved it in my picture file. I later showed it to my mom and she said no problem, we can build that! Just one day and one hundred dollars later we were eating breakfast on it.]


[image above: The Catskills are gorgeous in every way – there are epic views, spring-fed ponds, and everything you could dream of. I’ve tried to keep the gardening and landscaping simple, with plants that grow well in the area.]

Kim’s Catskills Favorites!
The area is filled with so many small shops that carry local goods from farms in the area; my favorite is Lucky Dog in Hamden. The best place for a breakfast sandwich is Russell’s, a sweet little shop that’s been in business since 1823. The best glass of iced tea you could ever imagine is at Tay Tea.

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