Located in the rolling hills of Eastern Washington, the twin cabins designed by Kathleen Glossa of Swivel Interiors in collaboration with Seattle-based design firm Board & Vellum is a perfect combination of low-key and welcoming. Designed for clients who desired simple dwellings for their expanding family and frequent visitors, the cabins are hardy and low maintenance while still exuding a good dose of a spirited and eclectic cabin-cache.
Approximately 900-square-feet each, the cabin’s locally sourced, durable material palette includes salvaged wood, exposed plywood, concrete flooring, metal siding and tin roofs among other materials. Material for the spline wall that divides each identical cabin down the center of the dwellings was reclaimed from an old barn on the property dating back to the 1890s. Built to last, the builder, Dowbuilt, took great care to miter the wall corners to ensure the same board continues on each return.
The designers have kept the cabin authentic with materials and furnishings sourced from a mix of family collectibles, vintage stores and selected new quality, multi-generational lines. Even the colors used has been inspired by nature. Each cabin has a wood burning stove to gather around. All of the cabinet hardware, bathroom accessories and drapery hardware were custom crafted by Black Dog Forge. While the dwellings have under-counter fridges and coffee machines, the focus on meal time is at the main house or one of the impromptu barbeques.
Interior furnishings are mix of Old Hickory (in business since 1899), bright powder-coated metal furniture from Room & Board, and some custom designed pieces mixed with legacy pieces, salvaged from the client’s storage locker. Other selected interior elements of note include: Ralph Lauren outdoor fabrics and bespoke pillows; vintage Ficks Reed lounge chair reupholstered in a spunky Bretano outdoor plaid; rugs from Driscoll Robbins; Dekton countertops; Etsy vendors for both shower curtains; Pratt & Larson tile; and, pendant lighting by Barn Light Electric.
Interiors: Swivel Interiors
Architecture: Board & Vellum
Blacksmith: Black Dog Forge
Structural Engineering: CT Engineering, Inc.
Mechanical Engineering: Premier Mechanical & Electrical
Photography: John Granen