Snug Cabins & Cottages Fit for Cozying up and Staying a While

by Kelli Kehler

Having just moved into a more wooded neighborhood with mature trees — and my new home has a fireplace! — I’m feeling all the cozy vibes this fall and winter season, even if I’m in Southern California where the weather can’t make up its mind. These details are almost enough to make me feel like I’m tucked into my own cabin in the wilderness, a perfect place for sipping coffee while snuggled into a warm blanket with my kiddos.

There’s so much to love in cabins and cottages: exposed wood, pitched roofs, quirky windows and other perfectly imperfect features. Perhaps it’s because these often are tinier-than-most structures where architectural detailing is packed in to the gills, filling every nook and cranny with charm. This layer upon layer of texture warms up a home and fills it with a homey nostalgia for a feeling that’s undeniably cozy. Here are some of our favorite cabins and cottages from the D*S archives — grab a blanket. —Kelli

Image above: In the remote Australian cottage of Helen McCullagh, a dreamy original stained glass window pairs handsomely with wood paneling in a lounge area apt for a rainy day spent reading.


In Helen’s enclosed veranda, the same exposed wood paneling is played up with two tones of paint, creating a sophisticated vibe.


This 1900s cabin in the California wilderness features a crow’s nest on the roof for exploring the surrounding redwoods.


Ducking inside from the crow’s nest will reveal a simple but stunning interior that accentuates the California cabin’s most attractive architectural features.


In the Pennsylvania woods, a log cabin features a more affordable IKEA kitchen that uses colors and materials that tie in well with the overall look and feel of its rustic structure.


It doesn’t get more rustic and cozy than a wall full of stacked firewood. Homeowner Barry Jordan did the majority of the work on this 1830s cottage in Dutchess County, NY, saying “The very night of the [sale] closing — half delirious and terrified after [a] 5am blizzard — I started to rip out the ceiling in the living room and there it was: all-oak beams and peg construction details. I almost felt the house sigh with relief.”


Barry’s celebration of the old cottage’s features continues into the kitchen where the exposed ceiling adds rich character to the timeworn space.


A small guest house on a Minneapolis, MN home’s property becomes the perfect cabin retreat — complete with this quaint bathroom full of natural light.


This Scandinavian cottage by the sea expertly utilizes a muted palette and lots of textures to complement wood floors and beautiful white beadboard.


Weathered redwood fencing makes for an attractive dining nook hutch in a Nevada City, CA’s cabin kitchen.


In South Carolina, shaker style cabinets and a farmhouse sink are right at home in a 1940s cottage. Painting the cabinets in “Tempe Star” by Sherwin-Williams adds depth to a room replete with natural light.


A 980-square-foot cottage in Olympia, WA embraces its cozy roots with exposed beam posts, charming light fixtures and an organic color palette.


In Kingston, NY, the Quarryman’s cottage of Jamie and Tracy Kennard has a “favorite” guest room with a sweet, peaked roof: “Super tiny. Just enough room for a bed and a place to hang your coat.”


In Ontario, Canada’s Muskoka, TV show hosts Colin and Justin transformed this stunning log cabin, blending rustic sensibility with sleek, high-end design.


Colin and Justin made the most of the formerly rundown cottage’s beautiful, sloped roof by anchoring the bed in the master within its gorgeous eaves.

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  • Aaah!!! Thank you!!! I was looking for the cabin with the crow’s nest for months off and on at d*s.com…and I couldn’t find it. Thanks so much!

  • Its wonderful to see the appreciation of the simple life portrayed in these loved and well lived in spaces. I live in a little 1 roomed studio on a farm in South Africa. The stone walls and reed roof are a beautiful foundation for my collection of feminine, floral, french-country decor and accessories. Its tucked in a valley where we have the most excuisite views of sunrises and sunsets. I’m surrounded by huge trees and a walk away from the river, yet a quick drive to the malls. The bliss I find in 1 room living, surrounded by my favourite music, books and art, is heaven. The simplicity is perfect after a day of corporate office haggling. Bliss in a box, I call it. Thank you for sharing the beauty of other homes and spaces with such inspiring little cameos.

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