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Steal This Look: A One-Room Cabin in the Catskills

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Steal This Look: A One-Room Cabin in the Catskills

January 10, 2023

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) office. The couple built the cabin themselves in a mountain meadow in the Catskills 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, 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 doors. 11
Above: The living area opens right out onto the meadow by way of two large barn 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.
a similar small table lamp with pleated shade is the sarah sherman samuel metal 16
Above: A similar small table lamp with pleated shade is the Sarah Sherman Samuel Metal Sphere Table Lamp Pleated Shade designed for West Elm; $249.

Furniture

the two daybeds are from ikea. the current model is the utaker stackable bed in 17
Above: The two daybeds are from Ikea. The current model is the Utaker Stackable Bed in pine that can be taken apart to make a large daybed/sofa as seen in the cabin. The set is $229 at Ikea.
the side chair is the ingmar relling hjelle siesta lounge chair. theirs is vint 18
Above: The side chair is the Ingmar Relling Hjelle Siesta Lounge Chair. Theirs is vintage and used without a cushion. The chair, new and with cushion, is $2,545.75 at Design Within Reach.
the vintage swiss stabelle chair was sourced from a rhode island antiques store 19
Above: The vintage Swiss Stabelle chair was sourced from a Rhode Island antiques store. The one pictured here is the Swiss Alpine Escabelle Chair from Lucerne for $1,300 on 1st Dibs. (For more sources, see Trend Alert: Hand-Carved Tyrolean Folk Chairs (Plus 5 to Buy).)
the welsh milking stools were found on ebay. here, the antique french bobbin le 20
Above: The Welsh milking stools were found on eBay. Here, the Antique French Bobbin Leg Milking Stool is $420 on Pamono.

Textiles

the pillows and bedrolls are both from tensira, makers of kapok fill cotton bed 21
Above: The pillows and bedrolls are both from Tensira, makers of kapok fill cotton bedding in West Africa. The couple sourced them all from Goodee and The Primary Essentials in Brooklyn. The Tensira Navy Cotton Pillow shown here is $80 at The Primary Essentials.
the tensira handwoven quilted kapok mattress bedroll bi color is \$346 at via c 22
Above: The Tensira Handwoven Quilted Kapok Mattress Bedroll Bi-Color is $346 at Via Coquina.
the tensira handwoven bedroll in navy stripe is \$3\25 at goop. 23
Above: The Tensira Handwoven Bedroll in Navy Stripe is $325 at Goop.
the tpe cotton natural navy grid tea towel is \$\2\2 at the primary essentials. 24
Above: The TPE Cotton Natural Navy Grid Tea Towel is $22 at The Primary Essentials.

Accessories

the tea kettle is the alessi kettle 909\1 kettle designed by richard sapper; \$ 25
Above: The tea kettle is the Alessi Kettle 9091 Kettle designed by Richard Sapper; $400 at Alessi.
the hand dipped pewter taper candles start at \$8 for a pair at march. 26
Above: The Hand-Dipped Pewter Taper Candles start at $8 for a pair at March.
a similar heart shaped wood cutting board is \$\16.95 on etsy. 27
Above: A similar Heart-Shaped Wood Cutting Board is $16.95 on Etsy.
the crosley cruiser deluxe turntable in blue vinyl is \$89.95 at burke decor. 28
Above: The Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Turntable in Blue Vinyl is $89.95 at Burke Decor.
the hasami porcelain dripper in black is \$45 at huckberry. 29
Above: The Hasami Porcelain Dripper in black is $45 at Huckberry.

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