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A Georgia Guest Cabin With Space-Saving Ideas

Modern design paired with space-saving solutions creates a winning combination in this Georgia guest cabin.

Photos: Courtesy Modern Rustic Homes

In 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote about “a room of one’s own.” Almost a century later, Jackie Naylor took that idea a step further.
 “I’d just recently taken up pottery and I wanted to have a private studio for myself,” she says. “That’s how the whole concept of the house evolved.” With that studio in mind, including the desire to have extra room for visiting guests, Jackie reached out to Michael Grant of Modern Rustic Homes in Ellijay, Georgia, to get started on the design of her bunk house-meets-creative space.

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Located a half mile up the road from the Naylors’ main residence (a “classic, rustic log home,” according to Grant), the bunk house has a distinctly contemporary feel — a surprisingly fitting aesthetic for the mountain setting. “I really wanted it to contrast and complement our log home while creating something that would work with the rustic setting,” Jackie explains. “To do this, we created a straight-forward design with a little edge. It really is the best of both worlds.” 
Step inside and you’re instantly greeted by a soothing mix of clean, contemporary lines and a well-balanced use of space. The vaulted ceiling helps to make the limited square footage feel much grander than it actually is, while cool, gray tones throughout keep the interior from feeling busy or cluttered. Triangular clerestory glass was installed to the left and right of the fireplace to keep the space bathed in natural light throughout the day. Smart built-in units conceal kitchen necessities, linens — even the television. “The cabinetry units are completely packed full, but you’d never know it,” says Jackie with a laugh.

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In addition to the main living space, the finished cabin features two bunk rooms, a bathroom and an open second-story loft with extra pullout beds to use when more visitors come to stay. “There’s no furniture up there, so it’s just an open, multifunctional space,” says Jackie, adding that it’s the perfect spot for indoor yoga when the weather’s not cooperating.
Her most beloved spot, though? The well-planned pottery studio that was her inspiration from the get-go. “Michael had the idea to put in the glass garage door down there so I can see the view of the mountains and feel the fresh breeze while I’m working,” she says, adding the space feels extremely spacious despite its size. “It’s just a lovely place to be.”

Home Details:

Square Footage: 1,500 plus lower-level studio
Designer: Modern Rustic Homes, 706-273-7140; modernrustichomes.com
Interior Designer: Jackie Naylor Interiors, 404-814-1973, jackienaylorinteriors.com

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