An escape that takes us away from the constant grind of daily life and the rush that keeps us busy in our urban environments – it is something we all crave for. In the times of a global pandemic when even stepping outside our home feels risky, a retreat in the forest does feel like the perfect way to rest and rejuvenate. Nestled in a densely wooded region of Swannanoa, North Carolina, the Nook is one such gorgeous and relaxing haven that you can actually rent! Designed by Shelter Collective, the 400-sqaure meter cabin makes up in smart design what it lacks in sheer space.
Of course, a forest cabin any larger might simply not feel this cozy at all as you have a home that is draped in shiplap cypress siding on the outside and also uses black walnut on the inside. A lovely, well-lit pathway leads to this forest cabin and inside you have a living space that has 18-foot high ceilings and plenty of loft spaces that serve different purposes. Among them are a tea loft and a comfortable reading loft that contains additional entertainment options. A small kitchen, window seats and a swing that adds whimsical charm to the open living area complete the interior.
Large windows and a tiny wooden deck allow hose inside to enjoy the many sights and sounds outside. Smart, serene and complete with basic modern comforts, a stay here should leave you refreshed and ready to face the challenges of your daily life again! [Photography: Mike Belleme]